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Old 03-17-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy GTK 1.2.0 and GLIB 1.2.0 install errors!!!

I need some help! But thats why I love linux, because I can always go here as a NOOB without feeling freaking stupid! Any way, I am running Suse Prof 9.2 and I am trying to install gtk+-1.2.0. so that I can run MPLAYER. GTK 1.2.0 requires glib1.2.0 or greater. I have downloaded the source for glib 1.2.0. from and extracted it.
I thought that I had compiled it correctly. I did the ./configure, make and finally make install. No issues. I then go to run ./configure on the extracted file from and I get the following error every time:
checking for glib-config... no
checking for GLIB - version >= 1.2.0... no
*** The glib-config script installed by GLIB could not be found
*** If GLIB was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in
*** your path, or set the GLIB_CONFIG environment variable to the
*** full path to glib-config.
configure: error:
*** GLIB 1.2.0 or better is required. The latest version of GLIB
*** is always available from

Anyway, I edited the /etc/ file and made sure that it had /usr/local/lib in the path. I then ran ldconfig as su within a shell, and just to be sure did sudo ldconfig. I cannot get anywhere! Please help!!
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Avoid compiling software....
Old 03-18-2005, 05:52 AM   #3
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different libraries use different means to set their include and lib paths. In your case, with the older gnome libs, the use a <libname>-config script which is an executable script. in a console ( you don't need to be root for this) type:


if you get the command not found error, do:

ls /usr/local/bin | grep glib-config

and make sure it's in there, then:

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

re-run configure and all should be well. As a side note, look in Yast these libs come standard with virtually every distro. make sure you get the -devel packages too.
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WOW! That worked great! No if it's not too much trouble, could someone explain what I just did? I have no idea! But using the export path did work. Once again, thanks!
Old 03-19-2005, 05:45 AM   #5
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Originally posted by __J

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH
this sets /usr/local/bin as the first directory searched by the shell. if you did:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin

/usr/local/bin would be the last directory searched. The "$" is used ( by the way, I'm using the bash shell for an example here, others may differ ( csh or tcsh will differ, zsh will be the same though)) to dereference the variable to get it's contents. To get an idea what I mean do:

export EXAMPLE=myexample
you will see that using the "$" gets the value of EXAMPLE. library paths work the same way as above.

note that the following is wrong if you are trying to add a directory to your PATH:

export PATH=/usr/local/bin

this works, but the problem is it sets path to look in only /usr/local/bin, and the shell will not look in other directories, which is why you need to add the ":$PATH" at the end, to dereference the PATH variable and add it's contents to the end, so the shell will still look in /usr/bin/, /bin, etc..
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Hello everyone, I'm totally new to this forum.

Can anyone help me with this problem in backtrack distribution?
I downloaded a later version, but i have the same problem.

I got the same output. Then I followed the given instructions by ___J, but this time i got the message "ls: cannot access usr/local/bin: No such file or directory".

Does anyone know how will i get through this problem
Old 10-31-2012, 12:57 AM   #7
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Please Do Not resurrect from the DEAD a 8 year old thread about gtk1 ( gtk3 is the current)

almost any fix for a gtk1 issue from 2008 will not work on gtk3

Also "Backtrack-5" is EXPLICITLY created and designed for EXPERT USERS

if you do not have a 4 or 6 year degree in computer science and in networking
there is NOT much you can do with backtrack


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