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Old 12-31-2003, 02:12 AM   #1
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up creek, no paddle: giFT install, making mozilla FB icon

Hello hello,

I just installed Mandrake 9.1, got it configured nicely, (except that I can't get the stupid KDE dragon logout menu to come up but half the time), figured out how to get Mozilla firebird working, and working with flash (easy!), otherwise I'm pretty much lost.

I'd like to know how to use the Mozilla FB icon instead of the shell icon. Also, is there a more sensible place to run MFB than home?

Please understand, I've only used the command line to install flash and try to install giFT.

Speaking of which, I downloaded the Apollon all-in-one (The only reason I'm online is the magic of dynamic IP addresses) doodad but an error came up, throwing me for a loop. want to see the log? Here ya go:

Using prefix /usr
Unpacking giFT (gift-0.11.4.tar.bz2)
Unpacking FastTrack module (giFT-FastTrack-0.8.4.tar.gz)
Unpacking Gnutella module (gift-gnutella-0.0.7.tar.bz2)
Unpacking OpenFT module (gift-openft-
Unpacking Apollon (apollon-0.9.1.tar.bz2)
Compiling giFT (with prefix /usr/local)
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr//bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... no
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cl... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details.

I understand Chinese better than that, as I live in China, where I can't find anyone who knows what linux is.

If I can't solve my problems without an elementary knowledge of command line, please point me towards some good online tutorials, I'm off to uncrypt the enigma that is the directory tree.

Old 12-31-2003, 09:18 AM   #2
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Here's your clue "checking for gcc... no" need to install a C compiler. Gcc-3.2.2-3mdk is on the first CD as it's quite important. You'll probably need to install quite a few things so you'll be spending time staring at those lists of what is available to install. Another thing, it can be a pain in the arse waiting for people to reply in forums so make use of Firebird's Google box. When you get an error and things grind to a halt copy and paste the juicy bits into Firebird and see what Google has to say.
That question about the icon was the reason I started using Gnome as I couldn't change the icons in KDE. I have figured it out since, but I've forgotten it again so I'll have to log off and log back in in KDE to work it out.
Edit - yes, right click on the desktop and choose Create New Link to Application then click on the gear symbol to change the icon then click on the execute tab and for Command Browse to Firebird.
If you can't get giFT to work try Gtk-Gnutella. It doesn't work with the Kazaa network but it works well enough for me.
Oh and as for where to install Firebird that's up to you. In our house we have two computers, my computer and the Family computer. On this one I'm the only user so I install most things in /home/andy/lib as I try to avoid becoming root as much as possible. But upstairs, to make things available globally I install in /usr/local and it's more complicated as there are often issues about permissions. So it's up to you, go with what works for you.

Last edited by Andrew Benton; 12-31-2003 at 09:43 AM.


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