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Old 03-01-2004, 03:37 AM   #1
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Gaim and Redhat 9

Hey all how is it going? I am new to linux. I am using readhat 9. I am trying to upgrade my Gaim, version 0.59.8 to 0.75. I am unsure on how to do this. I tried to go to the Gaim web site for help, and when I did this: I follwed the instructions to run cvs, then run ./ and when I ran the autogen I revieved a error. The error read ** Could not run GLIB test program, checking why...
*** The test program failed to compile or link. See the file config.log for the
*** exact error that occured. This usually means GLIB is incorrectly installed.
configure: error:
*** GLib 2.0 is required to build Gaim; please make sure you have the GLib
*** development headers installed. The latest version of GLib is
*** always available at

So then I went to the GTk site and downloaded glib-2.2.3.tar.gz,gtk+-2.2.4.tar.gz ,and pango-1.2.5.tar.gz. This is where I am stuck I assume that I need to unzip them and buld them somehow. If there is anyway that someone could lead me through this, I would really appc. it.

thanks Jason.
Old 03-01-2004, 04:01 AM   #2
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usually to upgrade a package on a red hat distro you would use the rpm command if possible...


for example, if you have a package called "example-2.3.rpm" installed on your box and you want to upgrade it to the new one that was released, called "example-2.7.rpm", you would probably do something like this:

rpm -Uvh example-2.7.rpm

that would take care of upgrading the package...

you should probably NOT be using a cvs version of ANYTHING unless you absolutely have to, as cvs is mainly for use of software developers and the like...

in fact, cvs versions usually aren't garanteed to work, or even compile properly...

my suggestion is for you to wait for gaim 0.76 to come out (it should be out shortly), as 0.75 and prior appear to have some security issues...

from the gaim website:

"On Monday, several potential security vulnerabilities in Gaim 0.75 (and previous versions) were publicly disclosed by Stefan Esser. Due to problems with current Gaim CVS (Yahoo! still not working properly being the most influential) we are not yet ready to release 0.76."
Old 03-01-2004, 07:10 AM   #3
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If you're using it for Yahoo!, you can get their own messenger from their site. AMSN works well for MSN, and there are excellent clients for both AOL and ICQ. If you wanna run them individually, that will work (currently I am forced to do that as well, since I have friends who both use MSN and Yahoo's chat networks - wish they'd all ICQ)

BTW, if you're one of the RH people who scrapped Gnome in favor of KDE, you could use Kopete, which seems to have support for all protocols right now (I say it this way, as you wouldn't have to install a lot of libs if you're already using KDE) Cheers.

edited to add more stuff.

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Old 03-01-2004, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: Gaim and Redhat 9

Originally posted by JsCAMRY
...So then I went to the GTk site and downloaded glib-2.2.3.tar.gz,gtk+-2.2.4.tar.gz ,and pango-1.2.5.tar.gz. This is where I am stuck I assume that I need to unzip them and buld them somehow. If there is anyway that someone could lead me through this, I would really appc. it.
Don't let them talk you into using rpm -- you're smarter than any package manager. I'm running gaim from CVS -- works fine. You're right -- you need to uncompress and untar those files. You can use "tar xzf <filename>". Then go down into the directory, for each of the 3, and read files README and INSTALL. Follow the directions. It'll take some time and attention, and you might make mistakes the first few times you go through this. But it's not that hard.


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