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Old 03-09-2004, 04:52 PM   #1
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gaim and CVS

I'm a Linux n00b and I didn't know if this question should have gone in the noob section or here, so please bear with me. If a mod feels this thread needs to be moved, by all means move it. Aright, I began experimenting with Linux for the first time last Thursday, I installed Knoppix (ver. 3.3, IIRC) on my machine. Before that, I had no experience with anything but Windows. It's fair to say that I have no idea what I'm doing. Linux is quite different from Windows and I wasn't even that proficient with that.

I want to install gaim. In the requirements section of their website, they say I must have CVS installed. Is this: (ttp:// what they are talking about? If so, I downloaded the latest stable release. It's a .tar.bz2 file. Now, I don't really know how to install ANYTHING, I've been learning and messing around with basic commands for the last couple days. I was able to add a non-boot HDD, but that's the most complicated thing I've done so far. Anyway, there is a manual on the CVS site, but it's huge and there doesn't seem to be a place indicating how to install CVS (I just looked at it for about 1 minute though). Anyone have some documentation telling me how? Also, I'm going to need help installing gaim. There are installation documents on the gaim website, but it requires some commands and other software be installed. I downloaded the source as they don't seem to have a version compiled for Knoppix. Do you guys know if Knoppix has the correct software do compile and install both CVS and gaim? Your help would be GREATLY appreciated, thank you! And sorry for the long post.

Edit: Had to remove a letter from the URL in order to post it, but, it still should work.

Last edited by Whitebread; 03-09-2004 at 04:53 PM.
Old 03-09-2004, 05:21 PM   #2
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I think you're looking in the wrong place.. you only need CVS if you want to install the CVS version of it, but if you have gaim-0.75.tar.bz2 from you're okay.

Since it's in source code, so you'll have to compile it. After downloading I'd do this:
cd ~/tmp
tar -xjvf /replace/this/with/path/to/gaim-0.75.tar.bz2
cd gaim-0.75/
su -c 'make install'

This will compile it and install it in the proper locations, where you can just type 'gaim' to start it..
Old 03-09-2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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O, well thank you!
Old 03-09-2004, 07:22 PM   #4
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Ok, problems.

I entered cd ~/tmp and it told me /root/tmp could not be found. So I created it and the cd command worked. Oops, I'm retarted, the gaim file is a tar.gz file...........*insert tart smilie*

Besides that I got:
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors


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