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Old 02-01-2004, 02:00 AM   #1
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Fluxbox Install on Redhat, unusual error during config

I recently downloaded the source for Fluxbox, a popular X manager.
I'm on a Redhat 9 system with a comprehensive install, and currently using the default window manager (Bluecurve).
Upon configuring for compilation however I recieve the following error.

. . .
checking for t_open in -lnsl... no
checking for socket in -lsocket... no
checking for X... no
configure: error: Fluxbox requires the X Window System libraries and headers.

I find it strange that it tells me that I don't have X when I'm supposedly using it.
I thought this could be a problem with RedHat, but I've seen people with Flux on their Redhat distro and my friend set up his on an identical installation using the same disk and received no such error.

In any event whether it's a problem with my OS's window management or my particular system, is there a way to obtain recognizable X headers and libraries or if anyone else has encountered this particular error, what their solution was.

Thank you for your time, all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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That means that X is running, but that you don't
have the development files (headers &libraries?)
installed ...

Old 02-01-2004, 02:20 AM   #3
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If that were the case, do you know where I could obtain them? (development files?)
Old 02-01-2004, 11:01 AM   #4
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You should be able to find the sources (headers & libraries) on the installation CDs. Look for and RPM called XFree86-XXXXX-src.rpm, where the XXXXX is the X server version. (Note the "-src" part - it means that this RPM contains the sources).

Open a terminal window and do this:

cd /mnt/cdrom

Where REDHAT_DIRECTORY is usually called "RedHat" (without the quotes)
and SRPMS_DIRECTORY is usually called SRPMS ("Source RPMs").

When you're inside the SRPMS directory type:

ls XFree86*

This will give you the whole list of XFree86 files. If you can see the -src.rpm,
just type:

rpm -i XFree86-XXX-src.rpm

again, XXX is the version and stuff information.
The last command will tell the rpm program to install the package ("-i" means "install").

Hope this will help you. If something goes wrong - come back and we'll try to do our best.

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