When I do dpkg -i

I see zlibc and libgcrypt11 in the installed applications' list. But when I compile a c program having <zlib.c> or <gcrypt.c> it gives this error:

no such file or directory

Are they really installed? Or they need to be added in gcc's path? If so what is the path of there header files?

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When compiling you also need the development files, such as header files, for the required libraries. These generally live in separate packages. In this case that translates into you also needing the packages libgcrypt11-dev and zlib1g-dev.

  • andol, You simply Rock !!! Thanks man that worked and compiled nicely !!! So generally -dev is for the header files(and other needful files)
    – Sam
    Nov 1, 2012 at 16:47

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