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  1. #1

    Installing Make-3.80.tar.gz

    I have a mandrake 8.2 Linux box. I am trying to figure out how to install this Make file cause i dont have the command make. I un tar it and im stuck on what im supposed to do next to install this file. Can ne1 help me on this.

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Queens, NY

    You need Make to compile your Make package. Yes its weird but that's the way it works. So with this being said, you won't be able to compile your Make-3.80.tar.gz. However, since you are using Mandrake I suggest finding RPMs for Make to take care of this problem.

    If you are still interested in compiling raw source, this site has to with debian linux but this thoroughly explains the nature of compiling software.

    Anytime you get the source code to any packages, these are the steps you need to take. I'd really read the readme.txt after you untar the package but this is standard procedure.

    make install
    make clean

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  3. #3

    i have a dumb question

    ok...this is gonna sound really dumb...but when everyone says "you need to enter this command or that command...", where do they mean? i mean, where do i enter commands? in xterm??? i'm confused.

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  5. #4
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    If you are supposed to enter a command, and nothing is explicitly specified, you assume that it's meant to be on the shell.
    xterm is really just a terminal emulator, which means that it takes the keystrokes that you type from X (if you don't what X is, it is the program that provides the foundation of the GUI, i.e. what puts your video card into graphic mode and does window based drawing on it) and processes it for terminal (byte-stream) based programs, such as the shell. Although the shell is the default program that xterm starts on its virtual terminal, it doesn't put xterm equal to the shell. I often start a telnet directly under xterm, for example. Also, the shell can, of course, be run from other terminals, too, such as other terminal emulators or the text-based terminals that really are linux's native user interface.

  6. #5
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    Oops... I realize that I made some typos that made my post sound much harsher than I meant to. I meant no hard feelings.

  7. #6
    hi, i have exactly the same probleme, am installing this version of gnu make, when i tape the command ./configure
    every thing is ok, but when i tape "make" it asks new version of autoconf, i downloded this version, and it also follows the same steps ./configure make make install

    but when i tape make, guess what, it asks gnu make, what can i do ?

    thank you

  8. #7
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Hello and welcome to the forums!

    Please start a new thread of your own with the details of any problems that you are experiencing because this one is almost 8 years old.


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