How do you make "make" work?

Dennis Kaarsemaker dennis at
Tue May 17 14:20:11 UTC 2005

On di, 2005-05-17 at 07:07 -0700, Lisa Z. wrote:
> Cause it won't.  I cded ltmodem-2.6-alk-7(I'm trying to get my
> winmodem to work under Ubuntu). Yeah and that worked. That was the
> last thing that worked(the cding). But then "Make" just wouldn't work.
> I think it said something about not having a target. Should I have
> build-essential installed? Is it actual software or just a list? When
> I tried sudo dpkg --install with build-essential -apparently it needed
> many dependencies (sp.) and the dependencies needed dependencies. So I
> kept downloading from Debian to no avail. Some of the dependencies
> also required each other at the exact same time - so as to create a
> catch-22 situation. 

apt-get resolves the dependencies for you, so if the box is networked:
sudo apt-get install build-essential should do the trick.
Dennis K.
 <- Are you suicidal?
 -> Only in the morning.
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