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configure error in 2.1.28 in slackware 7, need help

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel
Subject: configure error in 2.1.28 in slackware 7, need help
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 09:10:10 -0500 (EST)

  Shih>  Dear octave user or programers: In my slackware7, I try to compile
  Shih> 2.1.28 but after I type ./configure, I got
  Shih> checking host system type... configure: error: can not guess host
  Shih> type; you must specify one.

I think this means that the gcc `specs' file on your slackware system fails
to define it.

  Shih> what should I modify?  My c++ is egcs-2.91.66 , I think it should not
  Shih> be a problem.

It isn't on proper distributions :)  most of which carry 2.95.* versions of
egcs anyway. 

  Shih> any help is welcome

Have you tried setting host as in

        ./configure [all your previous options]  --host i386

(where you could substitute i686/i586/i486 for i386)


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