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Old 02-23-2005, 08:58 AM   #1
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Question Compiling Programs from Source-help

Hi, Im a linux suse 9.1 newbie (i feel im quite and advanced window used, if such a thing exists) and just don’t get anything about Linux, after stumbling through the instillation and making myself a duel boot I was then faced with installing my first program, I searched hi and low all over the web to find a tutorial that I could understand but there were always part that I would get lost at, can anyone help, by either giving me a small program and walk trough of how to install it. I have no linux compling programs or compilers.

Old 02-23-2005, 09:06 AM   #2
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Hi orisma,

Okay, if your a newb, try to avoid compiling from source, look for a RPM package if possible. SuSE use's RPM, which is basicaly a binary form that suse can install itself (with out the need to compile).

If however you need to compile from source then:

- open the terminal
- type: su
- it will ask you for your root password, so enter that and press enter.
- use the cd command to go to the folder where the source is... for example if the source code came in a folder called myproject0.2 and the folder was in your home and you user name was orisma then you would use this command:

cd /home/urisma/myproject0.2/
- now you are in the folder you have to configure the source code... use this command:

- then if that goes okay you make the binary...

- then you install it

make install
Now, more than likely you will have a dependacy issue (you will be missing a file that the program needs to run) or some other type of error.

If you do run into errors just copy and paste it in a reply and I will help you out.

Old 02-23-2005, 09:56 AM   #3
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I don't know if you'll find it usefull, but here is my own article anyway:

Old 02-23-2005, 10:05 AM   #4
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I have never compiled from source before either, but this really made it simple. Some of the stuff out there blows me away with terminology.

Thanks for the simple walktrough
Old 03-02-2005, 02:54 PM   #5
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i got an rmp package, what now?

i got an rmp package, what now? when i double click it, it asks me what i want to open it with. i tried using yast but that seems to be only for suse somponents and add ons.??
Old 03-02-2005, 06:10 PM   #6
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Open a terminal and try the command
rpm -i /path/to/package.rpm
You'll need to change "/path/to/package.rpm" for whatever the real value is on your system. I find the easy way to fill those details in is to drag and drop it into the terminal. Is it SuSE-9.1 personal you installed? The ./configure and make stuff described above probably won't work for you because SuSE-9.1 personal doesn't come with gcc so you can't compile anything from source
Old 03-03-2005, 08:57 AM   #7
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yeah its suse 9.1

yeah it is suse 9.1 persoanl..... shall i get that programm you were on about... but how would i install it? installing on linux seems such a mission to what im used to (windows).


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