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I am a total Linux noob, and I have been reading help files on how to install programs. So far the best idea I have is that I have to unpack the package, go into the new created folder, and then run: ./configure, make, make install; in that order. I am running into a problem with "make". Here is the problem:


[root@jonas xmms-kde-3.1]# make

make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.


this has happened with several different programs. Can anyone explain why this is happening? I am running Mandrake 9.2 with the KDE desktop. Thanks!

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Thanks a lot....that tutorial is really good, and I wish I had seen it earlier....I have spent nearly a month (on and off) trying to figure that out. I still don't know why the make command didn't work, but at least now I have something that explains it so I can try to figure it out.


I really appreciate it!

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ok....well, now that I know what to look for, I found the problem....I suppose I have no C compiler.... her is my error:


[root@jonas xmms-1.2.10]# ./configure

checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld

checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld

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 for prefix by checking for xmms... 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.


anyone know where I can find a good C complier?

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This problem sounds strange since most every version of linux i know of comes with a built in c compiler. To me that was one of linux's biggest advantages because it allows you to mess wiith and tweak pretty much the whole os and most software. What i would suggest is go to ayorpms.com or someplace similar an grip up apt-get. grab an rpm version.

then do this:


rpm -Uvh /the/file/and/path/here


this install apt-get which if youve been readin the boards you know is a great software installer. once u have it installed do this


apt-get update

apt-get dist-upgrade


what that does is check your system for iinstalled software ,then it upgrades and adds most of the common prgrams out there.


I hope thishelps, im still pretty new to linux myself but i found it to be an invaluable tool. if this doesnt help you'll need someone like anyweb grep420 or hijinx to help ya, these guys reallly know their shit.


good luck


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