Newbie Install Question

Rich Rudnick nickrud at
Fri Mar 18 16:32:42 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-03-18 at 10:12 -0600, Tab Gilbert wrote:

> 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.

Your current problem is you don't have any of the software development
tools installed.

`apt-get install build-essential` will get you the 'acceptable C
compiler' and other tools you will need to build and install software.
Then the three steps below should work.

> > 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
> > 

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