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Old 11-01-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Redhat 9 C compiler

For a project I have to run Redhat 9 as a virtual machine (I'm using VirtualBox). I also need to be able to write and run programs on it, so I need to be able to compile and run a C program. I know that in usr/bin I have gcc269, however when I attempt to compile a simple hello world program I am told that the gcc command does not exist. I am not particularly experienced with Linux, and the only compilers I have used have already been installed on the OS (mac basically), as such I don't know how to install a compiler by just downloading the tar ball. Basically, how do I install or get a gcc compiler working so I can run C programs on Redhat 9?
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So you're running gcc, but the shell tells you that gcc command does not exist? It could be that either /usr/bin is not in your path, or it is but you have to run gcc269 instead of gcc.

try echo $PATH, and see.
why don't you post the output that you get?
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I'm using the terminal, going to the folder that holds the program, and doing gcc program.c I get the response: bash: gcc: command not found.

When I type in echo $PATH I get /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:home/user_name/bin
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So /usr/bin is in your path, try then gcc269 it should work.

to get around this go to /usr/bin switch to root and then:

ln -s gcc gcc269
this will create a link gcc to gcc269, so running gcc will execute gcc269.
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Someone will eventually jump in and say that Redhat 9 is hopelessly obsolete---why not use a more modern distro (one that is supported and has everything in the repositores)?


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