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Old 11-21-2003, 06:39 PM   #1
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configure make makeinstall

ok, simple question - what is this ./configure make makeinstall stuff

ive been using slack for all of about a week, and slagged through the troubles with my install, network, and the grand finale of THE RADEON 9600 OF DOOM! heh, but now i want to install things, and not knowing a think about linux (beside the obvious feeling that once i figure it out ill never use windows again) i dont know what to do

for instance, gaim, id like to install it to use msn, but anything i read skims over the simple stuff under the assumption i know how to do it.

another problem, my keyboard is wacky, questions mark -
backslash -

alot of my punctuation is messed, not sure how to fix this

and a final note, i tried to install a package - nss-3.8-noarch-1.tgz
and it gave me this:

bash-2.05b# installpkg nss-3.8-noarch-1.tgz
Cannot install nss-3.8-noarch-1.tgz: package does not end in .tgz

im confused.

Thanks for reading! hopefully somebody can help
(watch out, or ill pull the dreaded "ive had enough of this! im going back to windows where bill gates will hold my hand!")

Old 11-21-2003, 06:48 PM   #2
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Configure checks and makes sure you have all the programs the current one depends on
make compiles the package (turns it from C/other language code to machine code)
make install, uses the make program in a way that it moves the program files to their proper places so that they work nicely.
All this is defined in a file called Makefile type:
nano Makefile
In the folder you usually run make in

Instead of..
bash-2.05b# installpkg nss-3.8-noarch-1.tgz
bash-2.05b# installpkg nss-3.8-noarch-1

Just a guess :P


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