Most of the time I spend at the my computer i:s in terminal command windows and terminal based applications. Handling URLs from the command line can be a tad bit annoying. Various voices on the internet have suggested the use of a tool called urlview as a less annoying solution for those few times when you may actually want to follow a URL. Unfortunately the tool is not included in the Gentoo portage repository, so I had to install it from source so I thought I would make a few notes should I have to do this again sometime in the future.
The general approach for installing things from source on a GNU Linux machine is:
Obtain the source you wish to compile and extract in a working directory.
Change to the working directory.
Build configuration file by running ./configure
Run make install as root.
Here is how the process went in the specific case of installing urlview.
Seems the make command ended in an error, but provides a helpful hint on how to resolve, suggesting automake –add-mising.
And now continuing with make …
Now it is just a matter of reading the fine manual and configuring it for use.
Chrls is currently a technology transformation leader at one of the oldest American investment banking services holding companies, headquartered in New York City. Previous roles at current employer include project manager, front office support, retail and enterprise global Windows server support. Currently residing in Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau and enjoying life, family and open source.