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scottsteibel 07-30-2003 01:35 PM

installing new programs
I'm have trouble installing new programs that are not part of an RPM. I can download the tar file then I type
"tar xfvz filename.tgz this creates a new directory, unzips the files, so next I should cd to the new directory and type ./configure then make then makefile.

this worked last night..I figured I was Mr Linux..but alas, the next tar I downloaded would unzip ok, but no luck with ./configure....error message is file or directory not found.

I looked in yast and found that kconfig was installed.

Can anyone help?

does everyone else find they spend many many hours attempting to learn this linux thing or am I just a bit slow?


Mara 07-30-2003 01:40 PM

Sometimes there's no configure script and you start from 'make'. Everything should be described in INSTALL, README or a file with similar name.

slakmagik 07-30-2003 01:43 PM

Well, unless they changed stuff on me, I'm not sure how your untarring is working. I thought 'f' needed to be the last option before the [f]ilename. And not all apps come with configure scripts - some you just 'make' - always need to read the READMEs and INSTALLs and whatnot. The more usual issue is getting errors *while* compiling, rather than before it, and that's usually due to a missing lib.

And I spend many many hours... and days... and weeks... and months. But maybe I'm slow, too. :D

-- *lol* Okay, there's the answer. I'm *definitely* slow.

stickman 07-30-2003 02:36 PM

You need to check the README, INSTALL or whatever documentation the author supplied for build instructions. Not all applications (especially small projects) have configure scripts. And "f" is not required to be the last option in "zxvf".

Mara 07-31-2003 05:36 PM

I'm not sure if RH 9.0 has ntfs support - search the forum and you'll find an answer. If I remember correctly, there's no ntfs suppoer, but RPMs that fix the problem are available.

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