[plug] ./configure

Daniel Pearson (Flashware Solutions) daniel at flashware.net
Thu Dec 27 18:40:43 WST 2007

Failing that... what distribution are you using? Is there any reason to 
compile from source, rather than a package?

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Richard Meyer wrote:
> 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.

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