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Summary

This chapter took you through a tour of several types of installation, compilation, troubleshooting and debugging, as well as provided you with some suggestions for installing a number of useful command-line applications. After they have developed the necessary mindset regarding software installation, we have found that a large percentage of Unix users can productively fight though troublesome installs such as this by successively attacking small parts of the problem as shown here. The keys to remember are that the messages output from the compilers and debuggers do have meaning, and the worst that can happen by attempting to logically determine the cause of an error is that it doesn't help. Surprisingly frequently, a problem in a programming language can be fixed by working with error messages and making logical guesses, even if you don't know the language in the slightest.

For those not inclined to go through the installations for these programs, we have provided as many of them as possible on the CD included with this book.


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