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Old 05-17-2005, 08:19 PM   #1
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Installation frustration

I'm at the end of my rope here. My first day with Linux (Mandrake 10.1) and I am trying to install my first program (XMMS). Okay, I understand that you have to configure, make, and make install and that's not too complicated, but now I'm running into about a million dependancies, all with about a million dependancies of their own and I'm about ready to erase this partition and change back to Windows only.

Right now, I'm getting the following problem in the configure stage of installing XMMS:
checking for GLIB - version >= 1.2.2...
*** 'glib-config --version' returned 1.2.8, but GLIB (1.2.10)
*** was found! If glib-config was correct, then it is best
*** to remove the old version of GLIB. You may also be able to fix the error
*** by modifying your LD_LIBRARY_PATH enviroment variable, or by editing
*** /etc/ Make sure you have run ldconfig if that is
*** required on your system.
*** If glib-config was wrong, set the environment variable GLIB_CONFIG
*** to point to the correct copy of glib-config, and remove the file config.cache
*** before re-running configure
configure: error: *** GLIB >= 1.2.2 not installed - please install first ***
So, seeing as that was a fairly old version of GLIB, I decided to download a more current version (2.6.4) and found that it requires gettext. Managed to download and install that and then install GLIB without any errors (at least I don't think there were any, they blast text through the console so fast it's impossible to read it, so I'm not really sure what the point of the console output even is). Anyway, I go back and try to install XMMS again and exactly the same thing that happened before happens when I go to configure it.

I saw that it said I might have to change one of those environment variables to point to the new version, but I have no idea where the new version has been installed and the "Find Files" searcher just freezes up when I try to search with it.

Please tell me that not all program installations under Linux take 12+ hours. If they're all like this then this OS isn't going to survive on my hard drive much longer.
Old 05-17-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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I'm unfamiliar with mandrake but what you need to use is the native package management.

You have the option to build every program (and dependencies) from code or you can use a package management tool to install the programs.

It appears that mandrake supports RPMs (Redhat Package Management), you can use these to install XMMS. Looks like the command is "rpmdrake".

See if you can find XMMS in the form of RPM to install, should make things much easier (however, I have heard of RPM dependency hell, similar to what your seeing now, so beware).
Old 05-17-2005, 08:28 PM   #3
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Getting stuck in dependency hell can be a pain...

Since you're using Mandrake, I would recommend taking a look at the urpmi package. More info on that can be found here. After that, follow the instructions here. Finally, when that is all set up, all you should need to do to install xmms would be

urpmi xmms
Another method to look at would be Apt for RPM.

It is always good to know how to compile a package as a last resort, but when trying to install different applications (mostly desktop-based) you'll really get stuck in the dependency game.. All modern distributions come with a package manager of some sort and they're much easier to work with

Hope that helps
Old 05-17-2005, 08:54 PM   #4
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I'll try that out tonight. Thanks for the empathy - gives me the get-up-and-go to take another stab at it. Will let you know how that turns out.


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