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Old 10-10-2004, 05:12 AM   #1
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basic installing probs :/

Now ok, I have Linspire(Lindows back then) and wanted to install Licq, but I had to install automake and autoconf first. So ok, I downloaded them both and couldn't install them either because I needed something called m4 1.4. Anyway, found that at and downloaded it, though I only passed through the ./configure procedure and when I tried to "make" it, it gave me an error
Daedalus:/usr/share/stuff/m4-1.4# make
for subdir in doc lib src checks examples; do \
  echo making all in $subdir; \
  (cd $subdir && make CC='cc' CFLAGS='-g' LDFLAGS='' LIBS='' prefix='/usr/local' exec_prefix='/usr/local' bindir='/usr/local/bin' infodir='/usr/local/info' all) || exit 1; \
making all in doc
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/share/stuff/m4-1.4/doc'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/share/stuff/m4-1.4/doc'
making all in lib
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/share/stuff/m4-1.4/lib'
cc -c -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I.. -I.  -g regex.c
make[1]: cc: Command not found
make[1]: *** [regex.o] Error 127
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/share/stuff/m4-1.4/lib'
make: *** [all] Error 1
well ok, after thinking and searching and doing this and that i figured that i needed gcc, so i downloaded 3.4.2 and unpacked it. configure didn't want to cooperate, though and now i'm really clueless what cc is. as i understood its some kind of c compiler, though i really don't get what i should do with it
Daedalus:/usr/share/stuff/gcc-3.4.2# ./configure
loading cache ./config.cache
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking target system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking for a BSD compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
./configure: line 2332: cc: command not found
*** The command 'cc -o conftest -g   conftest.c' failed.
*** You must set the environment variable CC to a working compiler.
btw, i'm a linux noob, so bear with me
Old 10-10-2004, 08:04 AM   #2
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Doesn't lindows have any sort of package manager? For example, on a Debian system I just type:

# apt-get install licq

while online, and the licq package downloads, installs and is ready to run.

Compiling from source is a valid if time consuming option, but ... if your installation/distro does not install or supply a package for a C compiler (like gcc) you cannot even get started as you can only compile yourself a C compiler if you already have one
Old 10-10-2004, 08:13 AM   #3
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so there's no possibility to download a precompiled c compiler?
Old 10-10-2004, 08:35 AM   #4
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I don't know about Lindows. Most popular distros have a C compiler package either on the installation CD or available for download. It is not trivial to install a C compiler - there are lots of libraries and suchlike needed to make it all work. But that's what package managers are for.

But a quick look at the linspire web site certainly suggests there is some sort of package management system e.g.

No hits for licq on their search, but they are sure to have a compiler package in the software development section. Figuring out how to get it installed is really a linspire-specific thing.


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