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    Problem with ./configure

    Hi! I just got ubuntu, my very first not-windows system, and I love it so far.
    I just have a problem with installing gedit. after I already updated the system and issued
    sudo -s
    and
    sudo apt-get update

    I tried to install the unpacked gedit 3.2.6 using
    cd /media/[username]/[harddrive]/C/gedit-3.2.6
    and then ./configure
    first problem: it says permission denied.
    then i tried chost -x ./configure

    when I do that, it simply skips a line and it appears as if it did nothing. not even issue a warning.

    I'm at the end of my wisdom, pleaaase help me!

    Thanks,
    The big bad Wolf

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    Re: Problem with ./configure

    Hello and welcome

    Why are you trying to build gedit from source? it is available pre-built from the standard Ubuntu repositories - you can install it from Software Center / Synaptic or by using apt-get

    [FWIW I would guess your actual configure error is because your /media/../C/.. directory is on is a Windows filesystem, which doesn't understand Unix executable permissions]

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    Re: Problem with ./configure

    Oooh.. thank you very much, that explains a lot! I'm gonna try that.
    ...
    Alright this is so weird, either it was already installed (which I don't think, since it couldn't be found) or my chost -x ./configure worked, because in the software center it says it's installed.
    ...
    Or I simply don't get ubuntu yet.

    Thanks again, I obviously tried to complicate something that wasn't complicated at all!

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    Re: Problem with ./configure

    Running ./configure on a source package doesn't actually install anything, it just prepares the build environment... and if it *did* install anything it would likely do so outside of the package management system (so Software Center wouldn't know about it)

    In any case, gedit is the standard text editor for Ubuntu and should be installed as part of the ubuntu-desktop package - if yours isn't working for some reason we can try to fix that - but installing from source would not normally be required

    Cheers

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