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Old 04-14-2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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Help with installing programs with ./configure and make

Hi, I'm a new to linux (I have RedHat 9.0). I want to install some programs but I'm having some tough time installing. I want to install some programs that deals with tar.gz. I've followed the instructions on untaring the files and it that seems to be okay.
The problem is installing the program using './configure' and 'make'.
The instructions state that I have to type './configure' then 'make' and it should work but for EVERY program I ran with './configure' and 'make' I got an error.

[root@localhost Python-2.4.3]# ./configure
checking MACHDEP... linux2
checking EXTRAPLATDIR...
checking for --without-gcc... no
checking for --with-cxx=<compiler>... no
checking for c++... no
checking for g++... no
checking for gcc... no
checking for CC... no
checking for cxx... no
checking for cc++... no
checking for cl... no
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cl... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details.

Please help, thanks in advance.
Old 04-14-2006, 03:25 PM   #2
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Since you are running a RPm based system then you might want to install programs via the RPm format because if you do possess issues with dependencies then you will be presented with output regarding the programs that you need to install.

Check out these following sites for rpms:

Now, since you are using the Redhat operating system. There is the ability to run apt-get or yum for your system. Yum and apt-get make installing programs a lot easier. Yum is seems to be the preferred package installation method other than the rpm format.

Yum is really easy to use once it is properly install.

Basically all you need to do once interested in installing a package is use the following commands.

yum update
(This will update your machie with the most recent packages that can be installed.)
yum upgrade
(This will upgrade you system withthe most recent packages for Redhat 9.)
yum info packagename
(This will give you information if yum possesses the ability to install the package or not.)
yum install packagename
(This command will install the package


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