View Full Version : [ubuntu] Can't find build-essential package

September 3rd, 2009, 08:36 PM
I just installed Jaunty server edition on to a IBM server. I am trying to add VMware - Server application , but when I add the packages required for VMware it complains that the package "Build-essential" is not present.

I am using linux for the first time so I am very much a newbie.

September 3rd, 2009, 09:53 PM
Don't forget that Linux is case-sensitive (unlike a certain other OS), so the package is "build-essential", not "Build-essential". Since you're running the server version I assume you don't have a GUI, so the command to install that from the command line is:

sudo apt-get install build-essentialYou might want to do a...

sudo apt-get update... first, to get your package list up to date.

September 3rd, 2009, 09:59 PM
And what you also have to install (before you run into the next error message) are your kernel headers:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

September 4th, 2009, 06:25 PM
Thanks for you reply's. but my problem is still there. here is the screen output

mwtadmin@mwtccxacs:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
[sudo] password for mwtadmin:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package build-essential

September 4th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Thanks for you help, your tip update my package revealed the problem. I did not have a DNS server identified and thus could not resolve any url names.

it is now crunching on the updates.