Make and C compiler

Matthew Kuiken matt.kuiken at
Sun Jul 2 18:43:12 UTC 2006

Asima Abhishek wrote:
> I just installed the kubuntu on my computer and I do not see any 
> 'make' application on it. I tried to install GNU make but that 
> requires a C compiler and I do not see (so does the make's configure 
> script) any C compiler also. To install a C compiler I need the 'make' 
> and to install the 'make' I need a C compiler and both are not there.
> Please help.

You need to install the build-essential packages.

Either browse through Adept to find it, or type 'sudo apt-get install 
build-essential' on the command line.

For future reference, most things in (K)Ubuntu can be installed through 
the package manager.  Adept is a graphical front end to apt which is a 
set of command line utilities.  I would recommend searching the package 
manager before trying to install things using the compiler/downloads off 
the web.  Using the package manager has the added benefit of installing 
all the dependencies of the program you are installing also.


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