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Old 08-10-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Trouble installing wireless drivers, make command on Debian?

Hello! I'm a new forum member and linux newbie. Today I installed Debian alongside Windows 7. I downloaded the drivers for my wireless adapter (a Rosewill RNX-N180UBE) from the manufacturers website, but when I tried to install I got a bash: make: command not found error. I assumed this meant that make wasn't installed. From what I understand it's a pretty fundamental program, so I was surprised it wasn't installed by default. I would use aptitude to install make, but I still dont have an internet connection. I downloaded the latest version on make from the GNU website on another machine, but it looks like I need the make command to install the make command! If anyone has any advice, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you!

EDIT: Just to clarify, I need to install the make command, and I can't use aptitude because I don't have internet access.

Last edited by pismosi; 08-10-2012 at 02:28 PM. Reason: clarity
Old 08-10-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Alright, I found the answer. I was stupid for missing it before. There is a way to compile make without the make command.

If you need to build GNU Make and have no other make program to use, you can use the shell script instead. To do this, first run configure as described in INSTALL. Then, instead of typing make to build the program, type sh This should compile the program in the current directory. Then you will have a Make program that you can use for ./make install, or whatever else.
Sorry for posting when I found the answer not long after. I'm going to mark the thread as solved, but if it should be deleted just let me now and I will take it down. Hopefully my next post will be from my new Debian installation!


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