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So, this is my first topic on Ubuntu's forum, and as a perfect Linux beginner and a non-English speaking student, I'll try to do my best to be the most explicit as I can.

So here's my problem: I recently wanted to install an older version of VLC Media Player because the newest ones are too buggy, and the package I downloaded was in tar.gz. So I found somewhere in the net that in order to install those package, you need to extract it to a place (in my case /home/cermanialop/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1) than install gcc to compile software. After I have done this, I gave in a terminal the path to the extracted files (with the command cd /home/louis/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1), than I opened the INSTALL file which was included in the package to know what to do.

Here's the content of the file:

******INSTALL file for the VLC media player
More extensive information for *nix, Windows, Mac OS X and BeOS users can be
found here: http://developers.videolan.org/vlc/
Bootstrapping VLC
=================
If you retrieved VLC from the git server and do not have a "configure"
script, please refer to the HACKING file.
Configuring VLC
===============
A typical way to configure VLC is:
   ./configure --prefix=/usr
See `./configure --help' for more information.
If you intend to debug stuff, you may want to compile with debugging
symbols:
   make distclean ; ./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-debug
We recommend using GCC to build VLC, though some people reported success
with the Intel C compiler (version 8) as well. GCC version 3.3 or higher is
required. On older systems (e.g. FreeBSD 4.x, BeOS), please select a more
recent version manually by setting the CC and CXX environment variables
appropriately while running the ./configure shell script.
Building VLC
============
Once configured, run `make' to build VLC.
Installing and running VLC
==========================
You can install the VLC and its plugins by typing:
   make install
But you don't need to install it if you don't want to; VLC can be launched
from the current directory as well:
   ./vlc
Building packages
=================
To build a Debian package, you need to get the packaging info
   svn co svn://svn.debian.org/pkg-multimedia/videolan/vlc/debian debian 
and then
   dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc
To build RPM packages, copy a spec file from extra/package/rpm and:
   rpm -ba vlc.spec
To build an ipkg package (iPAQ familiar Linux), use:
   ipkg-buildpackage******

I have been following all those settings (first type ./configure to check directory for dependencies, after I run that, it give me this back:

cermanialop@cermanialop-R051CX:~$ cd /home/louis/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1
cermanialop@cermanialop-R051CX:~/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1$ ./configure
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... no
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checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... yes
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checking for gcc... gcc
checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
checking whether the C compiler works... yes
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of executables... 
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C99... -std=gnu99
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -std=gnu99 -E
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
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configure: error: Could not find libmad on your system: you may get it from http://www.underbit.com/products/mad/. Alternatively you can use --disable-mad to disable the mad plugin.

As you could see, it returns that I am missing something, but as I am a noob in Linux, I don't know what and how I can get it, so I continued to follow the instructions by typing next: make and this give me the following error-message:

cermanialop@cermanialop-R051CX:~/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1$ make
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
cermanialop@cermanialop-R051CX:~/Téléchargements/vlc-1.0.1$ 

I gave a look into my install folders, and I have noticed that I have no makefile file without extension, as I read somewhere else on the net, there should always be a makefile file without extension at the root of the install folder, in my case, I only have a makefile.am and makefile.in file at the root.

So my question is, how do you CREATE this file in order to make the MAKE command working? Or am I missing something obvious for the installation?

Many thanks for the help :)

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I suggest you read carefully following line from your configure log.

configure: error: Could not find libmad on your system: you may get it from http://www.underbit.com/products/mad/. Alternatively you can use --disable-mad to disable the mad plugin.

by the way, I suggest you enter following command and try again configure.

$ sudo apt-get install libmadlib-dev

And you need to enter following command before build.

$ sudo apt-get build-dep vlc
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thank you very much for the fast information. Thanks to you I was able to launch the "make" command after installing the dependencies. However, when trying to get vlc installed, I get an error message [collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status] how can I fix this? –  user293605 Jun 15 at 10:52
    
please try as make clean and make –  xiaodongjie Jun 15 at 10:56
    
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