newbie software installation question

newbie software installation question

Post by dirtyma » Fri, 30 Mar 2001 10:59:28

i'm wondering if anyone has any good advice for installing GNU CC and GNU
make in order to compile/install other packages.  i used the binaries from to compile and install my own copies into /usr/gnu.  i've
also compiled some other GNU packages into either /usr/gnu or /usr/local
(ie. bash, tcsh, readline, bison, zlib, etc).

my problem is that after spending all of the time getting a large quantity
of GNU packages installed i'm now  having trouble compiling some other
packages such as OpenSSL, OpenSSH and S/Key (not in that order).

a few packages i've tried to install have configure scripts that couldn't
find certain include files.  some of them had options to specify where
the files were, but not always. i'm not really sure how to go about
telling the configure scripts where the files are.

i don't quite understand the environment settings like CFLAGS, LDFLAGS,
etc.  however, from what i do know those are used during the actual make
process.  i need something that will aid in the configuration process.




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Thanks a ton for the help, In Advance,


P.S. Ain't all this free software great?!  I'm going to start selling it
and start a flame war.  Oops, I guess I won't get any replies to this

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