Newbie Install Question

Tab Gilbert tabbox at
Fri Mar 18 16:12:43 UTC 2005

Sorry for the mistake.  First time using gmail in a discussion.  What
I need is a geek in the house for about two hours but in Outer
Bubbaistan they do not make house calls.    Did the RTFM but on a
first install does not help much.  Every .iso I download is corrupt
(suggested firefox is handling it as text) and just trying to figure
out why.  Have not found an example on Ubuntu on how to do a basic
install from "off the reservation" but did not find it.  Instead of 17
games it would have been nice for a p2p and checksum (which Hoary is
suppose to have) to have been included (a click on picture edition)
leaving only 15 games.  Even I can figure out--

checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... no
checking for mawk... mawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for style of include used by make... GNU
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.

is just leading me down a path I do not have enough experience with.  

I guess I will have to find a windows machine and look for another
distribution with it included. Knoppix is way over my head.  More
likely put windows (grub ate it) back on cause other folks using the
machine want to do "normal" things with it.  If Ubuntu is the best
distribution for "converts"  Sir Bill appears to be safe.  It sucks
cause I like the philosophy of the Ubuntu folks.

Thanks --

a "Little Mac" person at Heart and Hater of Windows

On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 20:31:01 +1100, James Gray <james at> wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 04:00 pm, Tab Gilbert wrote:
> > Is this only going back to you and not posting to the list cause
> > hitting reply only brings ups your address
> > -----Guess I will just send and check----
> Yep only went to me.  Changed the reply-to address for this one so if you
> reply to this it will go to the group.
> > ---
> > tab at ubuntutab:~ $ cd parano-0.2.0
> > tab at ubuntutab:~/parano-0.2.0 $ ls
> > aclocal.m4    COPYING      mkinstalldirs
> > src AUTHORS       INSTALL             NEWS
> >  TODO ChangeLog     install-sh 
> > parano.desktop configure  mime                po
> >    missing             README
> > tab at ubuntutab:~/parano-0.2.0 $ sudo sh INSTALL
> > Password:
> > INSTALL: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `C'
> > INSTALL: line 1: `Copyright (C) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001,
> > 2002 Free Software'
> > tab at ubuntutab:~/parano-0.2.0 $ sudo sh install-sh
> > install-sh: no input file specified
> > tab at ubuntutab:~/parano-0.2.0 $
> > ----
> > Please ignore the INSTALL mistake.  Does that "missing" means what it
> > usually means or has the Mac world ruined me and I missed something
> > else small and obvious.  I guess the default me-think is s p a c e is
> > bad.
> install-sh is normally used later in the install process by a script - I
> don't normally run this manually.
> To compile from source on Linux (and most other *nix platforms) it is a
> three step process.  Steps 1 and 2 can usually be accomplished as a normal
> user, the third step needs to be done as root (or sudo) if you want to make
> the installation system-wide (for everyone).  Here's the run down:
> 1. ./configure --with-any-options
>    Look in any "README" or "INSTALL" files for what configuration options
>    are applicable - normally you shouldn't need anything.  Defaults are OK.
> 2. make
>    This is what actually compiles the source code into binary.  (There's
>    more to it that that, but I'm trying to keep this simple).
> 3. make install *or* sudo make install
>    This installs the binaries into your normal system tree, eg /usr/bin or
>    /usr/local/bin etc.
> BTW - these instructions (worded slightly differently) are in the
> ".../parano-0.2.0/INSTALL" file.  To view it type "less INSTALL".  While
> we're in an RTFM mood, "less README" while you're at it :P
> Have fun.
> Cheers,
> James
> --
> default, n.:
>         [Possibly from Black English "De fault wid dis system is you,
> mon."] The vain attempt to avoid errors by inactivity.  "Nothing will
> come of nothing: speak again." -- King Lear.
>                 -- Stan Kelly-Bootle, "The Devil's DP Dictionary"

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