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10.3: Install the GNU Midnight Commander from source
Authored by: fyngyrz on Jun 05, '08 08:08:39PM

Under 10.5.3


mc 4.6.1
glib 2.2.3
gettext 0.17
pkg-config 0.18.1

installs prior to mc seem to go ok (I mean, who could tell with all that text flashing by?), at least, I don't finish with error messages;

but install of mc itself fails to find glib during configure and quits:

"test for glib failed"

It gives the following impenetrable remark:

"If GLIB was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin in in your path,
or set the GLIB_CONFIG environment variable to the full path to

So I locate (using spotlight) glib-config, which is deep in my user source dir underneath the source code for glib, which I am deeply suspicious of. Anyway, I set the GLIB_CONFIG variable using export to that location. I try again. Now it goes a step further, but I suspect that glib actually didn't install; odd that it would be in my src directory and not somewhere more general.

So now I turn to "PREFIX". What the heck is "PREFIX"? typing env does not turn up a variable named prefix. I presume it is some kind of path for something, but what? So how to find PREFIX/bin?

Lord, I despair of the entire GNU/foss installation nightmare. I can't think of one blinking install that actually went as advertised. :(

Can anyone tell me what obvious thing I'm missing here? I'd love to run mc on my Mac, I miss it terribly. I use it all the time on my linux systems.
And yeah, I tried the Java fu[] thing... it isn't mc, that's for sure. I'm in and out of my shell all the time. Need mc. Sniffle.


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