On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 08:11:23PM +0000, Daniela wrote:
> On Thursday 16 October 2003 21:32, Karel J. Bosschaart wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 04:44:17PM -0400, Charles Swiger wrote:
> > > On Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 06:11 PM, Daniela wrote:
> > <snip>
> > > >I can't even compile most of the programs on my system, and I'm almost
> > > >sure it
> > > >has to do with dependencies in 99% of all cases. How do I find out
> > > >what ports/programs it depends on? And yes, I have RTFM, but I still
> > > >have no clue.
> > >
> > > Most programs have a README which identifies any dependencies they
> > > might have. If a Linux package exists for the program (ie, such as an
> > > RPM), you could also look at that to gain an idea as to the
> > > dependencies. Beyond that, however, the problem lies in the fact that
> > > many people don't write particularly portable code, and you will need
> > > to resolve such issues by patching the program to work under FreeBSD.
> > Adding to this: try 'gmake' instead of 'make'. Most programs written
> > for Linux assume the GNU version of make which is different from BSD
> > make. gmake is in the ports collection, and if you installed some ports
> > it is quite likely you already have it as a (build) dependency.
> I have the most problems with the configure scripts. They keep telling me that
> something is missing, but either I don't know where to look for it, or I have
> it already installed and don't know why the script doesn't find it.
If something is missing, you sould look at the ports tree (/usr/ports) and
install it, maybe you could need to modifiy the paths for the configure script
of the dependencies (check ./configure --help of the soure that you want to
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