I'm trying to install GTKTerm

on my 12.04 LTS distribution. I read the INSTALL file for install the software. First I run ./configure, no errors are shown, but there is not the makefile, so when I run make, I receive this error make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. Here the output of ./configure

loading cache ./config.cache
checking for a BSD compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking whether make sets ${MAKE}... yes
checking for working aclocal-1.4... missing
checking for working autoconf... missing
checking for working automake-1.4... missing
checking for working autoheader... missing
checking for working makeinfo... missing
checking for strerror in -lcposix... no
checking for gcc... gcc
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) works... yes
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) is a cross-compiler... no
checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ANSI C... none needed
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
checking for ANSI C header files... yes
checking for Cygwin environment... no
checking for mingw32 environment... no
checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking build system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking for ld used by GCC... /usr/bin/ld
checking if the linker (/usr/bin/ld) is GNU ld... yes
checking for /usr/bin/ld option to reload object files... -r
checking for BSD-compatible nm... /usr/bin/nm -B
checking for a sed that does not truncate output... /bin/sed
checking whether ln -s works... yes
checking how to recognise dependent libraries... pass_all
checking for object suffix... o
checking for executable suffix... no
checking command to parse /usr/bin/nm -B output... ok
checking for dlfcn.h... yes
checking for ranlib... ranlib
checking for strip... strip
checking for objdir... .libs
checking for gcc option to produce PIC... -fPIC
checking if gcc PIC flag -fPIC works... yes
checking if gcc static flag -static works... yes
checking if gcc supports -c -o file.o... yes
checking if gcc supports -c -o file.lo... yes
checking if gcc supports -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions... yes
checking whether the linker (/usr/bin/ld) supports shared libraries... yes
checking how to hardcode library paths into programs... immediate
checking whether stripping libraries is possible... yes
checking dynamic linker characteristics... GNU/Linux ld.so
checking if libtool supports shared libraries... yes
checking whether to build shared libraries... yes
checking whether to build static libraries... yes
checking whether -lc should be explicitly linked in... no
creating libtool
checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking for gtk+-2.0 gdk-2.0... 

How can I solve?

  • Is there a particular reason why you font want to: sudo apt-get install gtkterm? – Tshilidzi Mudau Dec 19 '15 at 12:11
  • I would like try to install the program going through the ./configure method so I learn something new. – linofex Dec 19 '15 at 12:30
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    Add the full output of ./configure to your question. – A.B. Dec 19 '15 at 12:41
  • This is a dependency issue. You need to install al the dependencies needed before you can ./configure, see my edit below. – Tshilidzi Mudau Dec 19 '15 at 13:22
  • That isn't the full output of ./configure. – A.B. Dec 19 '15 at 13:32

You can easily install GTKTerm from the terminal using sudo apt-get install gtkterm.


What you are looking at is a dependency problem(i.e. see lines like aclocal-1.4... missing). You need to install all dependencies which are required before for you can compile GTKTerm, to install this dependencies, use this:

sudo apt-get build-dep gtkterm

Once you have done this, you should be able to run ./configure without any problems.

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make takes a makefile as input. Makefile usually is named makefile or Makefile. The configue command should generate a makefile, so that make could be in turn executed. Check if a makefile has been generated under your working directory.

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  • This is the problem, after ./configure there isn't the makefile. The are only two makefile in the folder (since before the ./configure): Makefile.am and Makefile.in – linofex Dec 19 '15 at 13:06
  • are you in root ? – orvi Dec 19 '15 at 13:11
  • Yes, I ran the commando with sudo – linofex Dec 19 '15 at 13:13
  • Did you install the all dependencies? GtkTerm has a few dependencies- Gtk+3.0 (version 3.12 or higher) vte (version 0.40 or higher) intltool (version 0.40.0 or higher) – orvi Dec 19 '15 at 13:24
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    Or you can look at my edit to see how to do that :). – Tshilidzi Mudau Dec 19 '15 at 13:28

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