[plug] ./configure

Richard Meyer meyerri at westnet.com.au
Thu Dec 27 18:37:50 WST 2007

On Thu, 2007-12-27 at 17:20 +0800, Richard Yellin wrote:
> Hi All the best for 2008 to plug members
> I can't install the thunderbird source code. I'll explain with some  
> background comments before putting my Q. below
> I was using Opera for linux (9.5, but many earlier versions too) as my MTA  
>  from the mail server on Westnet, and recently had authentication problems  
> for my IMAP account and couldn't download my new email.
> (The message was "CRAM=MD5 authentication refused, incoming IMAP")
> I have solved that by switching to OperaMail, cancelling the IMAP and  
> using a POP account with Auto authentication.
> With no new email, I decided to install Firefox and Thunderbird for the  
> first time. After g'zipping and untarring with -zxvf  
> thunderbird- in my d/load directory ..~/.opera/download and  
> doing cd thunderbird (checked with ls) this problem arose:
> rhyellin at richi [~/.opera/download]$ cd thunderbird
> rhyellin at richi [~/.opera/download/thunderbird]$ ./configure
> bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
> rhyellin at richi [~/.opera/download/thunderbird]$
> Question (at last)   Would someone please explain why "./configure" won't  
> start
> I have puzzled over this for 2 or 3 days and looked up a few linux books  
> and articles but they don't seem to touch on this.  In the past I have  
> always been able to install and configure source code.
> Many thanks

I've never installed T-bird from source, so I don't know how it's done,
but that message means that there is NO "configure" executable in the
directory. Look for a file called "configure" and make sure it is exists
and is executable.

Also take a look for anything called README or something similar and see
what it says about installation.
Richard Meyer <meyerri at westnet.com.au>
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. 
William Pitt, 1783

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