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Old 03-21-2002, 03:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy Need help with commands?

I am running mandrake 8.0 and love it! The problem i have is that i'm pretty new to linux and have searched many places and spent countless hours trying to learn some simple tasks. I tried linux about a year ago and gave up. Guess i wasnt ready for the challenge just yet. Anyway, i downloaded some files so i could watch dvd's on my linux box. (Without M$ Windows is my intention) I unzipped the file ok and and did what it said (tar xvf filename etc.) Next is to configure it! I'm lost! I cd to teh dir where it is and typed what i thought was correct and all i get is > What am i doing wrong.? I sure would love some help on this subject. Like i said i am new and would love to not have to use windows anymore other than for games! Thanks to anyone who can help!
Old 03-21-2002, 03:46 AM   #2
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In the directory you unzipped the program there should be file README, INSTALL or something similar. There will be detailed installation instructions for this program. In fact there is a method that will work in most cases:
make install
(be careful about . and /, they are important!).
Old 03-21-2002, 12:08 PM   #3
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You might want to look for an RPM version instead. They are pretty simple to install, especially for someone new to Linux.
Old 03-21-2002, 02:33 PM   #4
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i have since figured out the ./ i wasnt putting the dot in front of the / I have read the install.txt files and readme's but they arent very helpful in the fact they assume i know what i'm doing. There arent any rpm's that i found and i know htey are easier. I tried the make command is there something i am doing wrong there as far as type? and or the make install command? Thanks for the replies! At least i know i can get some assistance here! Unlike a Windows forum! hehe

Oh i did get one install to work after figuring out the ./ command. thanks

Old 03-21-2002, 05:22 PM   #5
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What errors are you still getting? Or are there any? If you are doing:

su root
make install

You should be good to go. Could be a problem of not having the kernel headers in the right path or having them at all. But seeing that you did get one prog. to compile and run, I assume there's just a little glitch somewhere in the process..
Old 03-21-2002, 07:15 PM   #6
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Okay, i am trying to install xine-0.4.3 is that makes a diff. I have typed this: and get that:

logged in as root also:

cd (to xine dir)
says autoconf ...missing
autoheader ...missing
checking for gcc
checking for
configure: error: no acceptable cc found in $PATH

well thats not all of it but ya get the idea anyway
I am lost ! Please help


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