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    Installing a file - getting stuck

    Hello,
    I'm getting stuck while trying to install VLC from the .tar.xz file found in http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-sources.html.

    These are the steps I found from the internet
    1)tar Jxvf <name_of_.tar.xz file>
    2)cd into_the_folder_created
    3)./configure
    This checks if all the required packages/softwares/libraries/frameworks are present in the system.
    These are collectively called dependancies right? Correct me if I'm wrong.
    For me, when I do this step, it says
    Code:
    configure: error: No package 'dbus-1' found.
    I tried doing
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install dbus-1
    , but it says
    Code:
    E: Unable to locate package dbus-1
    .

    I'm stuck. What next ?
    4)Typically, you are supposed to do these steps next right ?
    make clean
    make
    But for me it says
    Code:
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.
    5)make install
    It says
    Code:
    make: *** No rule to make target `install'.  Stop.
    How do I proceed ? Please advise.

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    There are multiple ways to install software in Linux.

    The easiest and best way is to use the repository. Most software is available in the repository and has been verified to work with Ubuntu.

    You can install from Software Center, from synaptic (now you also have to install synaptic), and from command line.

    #refresh
    apt-get update #resync package index
    apt-get upgrade #newest versions of all packages, update must be run first

    sudo apt-get install vlc

    If you want to use synaptic

    sudo apt-get install synaptic

    Then you can use synaptic as a menu choice.

    Only if you cannot find software in the repository then you should look for a .deb and the last choice would be to download, compile & install an application.
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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Thanks for the reply Sir.
    Hmm.. but I wouldn't like to install it that way.
    In fact, I just uninstalled my vlc, so that I could install it this way.
    Please can you help me in this direction. Thanks.

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Are you in the correct directory when you are untarring the file? Sounds obvious but ...

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Are you in the correct directory when you are untarring the file? Sounds obvious but ...
    When I untarred, a folder called vlc-2.0.3 was created. I cd'ed into that folder. Isn't that correct ?
    The trouble starts in ./configure.

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    There's no point trying to "make" when configure has failed. configure's job is to create the Makefile. If configure fails to create the Makefile, make won't work without one.

    A big difference between installing pre-built packages and compiling yourself is that the latter method often requires the development packages (e.g. C/C++ headers) of dependencies, rather than just the runtime package (e.g. shared libraries).

    From your error message, it looks like you need libdbus-1-dev. I don't know what else you might need because I've never built vlc, nor read the instructions for doing so.

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Some like to compile & install their own software. Then then may get a newer version, but are testing as new version may not work with older parts in Ubuntu.

    Current version in 12.04 is vlc (2.0.3-0ubuntu0.12.04.1) .
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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Quote Originally Posted by spjackson View Post
    From your error message, it looks like you need libdbus-1-dev. I don't know what else you might need because I've never built vlc, nor read the instructions for doing so.
    Thanks for that. Yes this was able to run ./configure for a longer while, but next error it says
    Code:
    configure: error: Could not find lua.
    I tried doing
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lua-devel.x86_64
    but it says
    Code:
    E: Unable to locate package lua-devel.x86_64
    Will you be able to give the exact name of the package to install like last time ?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Ok, I shall try the steps mentioned in
    http://www.lua.org/faq.html

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    Re: Installing a file - getting stuck

    Quote Originally Posted by IAMTubby View Post
    Code:
    configure: error: Could not find lua.
    I tried doing
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lua-devel.x86_64
    but it says
    Code:
    E: Unable to locate package lua-devel.x86_64
    Will you be able to give the exact name of the package to install like last time ?
    liblua5.1-0-dev

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