Hello people of the Linux Mint forums. Here's another n00b's story : the other day I installed Linux as a dual boot with an infested and crappy Windows XP. The installation worked flawlessly and the system looks great (:P). But here's my problem. My ISP requires that all computers run a small application in order to stay connected to the Internet. On Windows, it's an .exe that runs in the background, but on Linux it's a .sh script. Of course there is a howto guide provided, and the needed packages (libmcrypt and wget which are already installed, and php-cli and zendoptimiser which I have to manually install).
When I try to run the configure script for each package, some stuff gets done, but an error occurs when testing for GCC saying that : "GCC could not create the required executable files". Some further digging showed that a certain crt1.o file was missing (needed by a program called ld - a linker I assume).
I've searched the forums and the Internet, and I've haven't yet found a solution. The closest thing was someone saying that this file was misplaced and by moving it to /usr/bin/lib he got GCC to work properly. That hasn't worked for me because 1. I wasn't able to find a crt1.o (using find) 2.Mint (I might be wrong here) doesn't have a /usr/bin/lib (I guess /usr/lib would be the same thing).
I've downloaded the php package with Windows and it was successfully installed with the package manager, but it then had 12 dependencies it also needed, and God knows how many other dependencies the first set will have, so I won't go that path unless I'm really really in a corner.
So - catch22 : To get to the Internet, I need php, but to get php correctly I need Internet. If anybody could help me, I'd be really really grateful, and a cold beer would await them the next time they visit Romania