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I have just installed linux on my computer and I am trying to install Pidgin. The file seems to unpack fine, buit when IO try to run ./configure I get ...
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    Gcc


    I have just installed linux on my computer and I am trying to install Pidgin. The file seems to unpack fine, buit when IO try to run ./configure I get the following error message:


    checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
    checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
    checking target 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 a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
    checking for gawk... gawk
    checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... no
    checking for sed... /bin/sed
    checking for gcc... no
    checking for cc... no
    checking for cl.exe... no
    configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
    See `config.log' for more details.


    I have no idea what I am am supposed to do, seeing as I literally just installed linux yesterday. Any help would be much appreciated.

    PS: I am running Mandriva 2008 One.

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    Do you have an internet connection on this machine? If so, there's no reason to compile software from source. Mandriva has a package manager called urpmi which can install software for you. As root,
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    urpmi pidgin

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    Mandriva is connected to the internet, but I thought that you had to compile some software from source. I stand corrected. Thanks much!

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    You're welcome. I'm glad it's working for you.

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    I hate to be a bother, but I just entered the above code into the Konsole after navagating to where pidgin is saved and it tells me that it is an invalid command. I'm pretty sure that I ma doing something wrong, but I'm not sure if I am supposed to use the Konsole.

    Edit: Specifically it says:

    bash: urpmi: command not found

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    Yes, you should use the Konsole for this. Did you log in as root before running the command. By default, only root has the permissions to install software:
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    su -   <----and then enter root's password
    urpmi pidgin
    Frankly, I'm a little surprised pidgin isn't already installed. What happens if you just run pidgin from the console?
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    pidgin

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    It says:

    bash: pidgin: command not found

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    Did you try installing it again? The other possibility is that you got hold of an older Mandriva install CD which installed the older version of pidgin called gaim. They had to change the name of it because of licensing issues with AOL.

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    After I log in as a Super User and I try to unpack the file pidgin-2.3.1.tar.bz2, it says "No package named pidgin". I am completely lost and confused.

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    I couldn't find pidgin on Mandriva, I downloaded it from the pidgin website. I assume that changes a lot. I should have said something earlier.

    Edit: I just searched the software management for gaim and nothing was found.

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