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Old 12-18-2001, 07:51 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dazed and confused (compiling)

Ok i admit i am (was) a windows person since forever, but i have grown and purchased RedHat 7.2. The install went fine (except for Grub which took a little work ) but i got it!!!!!!!! yeah
Now for the really STUPID part

Where can i find information on the how to's and why for's and so on for compiling downloaded software.
I'm no programmer and i find all this a bit confusing and intimidating.
Old 12-18-2001, 09:06 AM   #2
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Generally, it's pointless to compile. Most everything is available as an RPM pkg, which is really painless. But, the drill goes something like this. You are going to get a tarball, which must be unpacked, resulting in the source code. There will be a README and an INSTALL in the directory, with a how-to. Usually it's ./configure then a make, then a make install, and that's it. HTH, Ray
Old 12-18-2001, 05:18 PM   #3
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a tarball is any file with the .tar extension, but usually .tar.gz

to unpack one type:

tar xvzf nameOfFileHere

it usually dumps into a directory created in the same directory as your tarball file. always look for a file called "INSTALL" in that directory and open it in your text editor. this file usually will walk you through the process. but, like the previous poster said, most things are available as files called RPM files and end with a .rpm

these files can be installed as root by typing rpm -Uvh nameOfFile.rpm

if all the dependent files are there, it will install. if not, a good place to find missing files is:

good luck. linux rocks.


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