Make Command In Linux

Posted: January 28, 2009 in INTEL, Internet, Uncategorized
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Ok so your a Newbie/Noob/beginner/amature in the linux scene.

Ok so you got your OS installed with the step by step wizard and now you try to install your Programs.

See Installing Programs in Linux.

But then ! you get your first error message. Trust me, being a kind of new guy to linux my self i KNOW how frustrating it is to get your programs installed in linux with it’s rather un-understandable error messages.

A very common error most people get when trying to install a new program in the NEW linux installation is

bash: make: command not found

Ok you can stop your uncontrollable fit form anger form this point on wards. 🙂

Because, Well it’s actually a simple error that can be fixed easily!


For the sake of some of the more techy people in the world. Make is NOT a default COMMAND that comes with linux. You know it’s not a command like ls, cd, exit etc. It’s actually a program.

The Make program is what compiles your Tar and gz files into programs. 🙂

Make is part of the Build Essentials as most linux users use to call it. Which are a couple of files and programs and libraries that are needed to compile and build programs in your linux distro.

How to Install It:

UBUNTU or Any Other Variation of UBUNTU

1. Goto the Terminal . Thats ; Applications >Accessories > Terminal

2. Type

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter

Please Enter Your Administrator Password When Asked for.

3. Wait for everything to Finish updating, then Type :

sudo aptitude install build-essential

Press Enter

Please Enter Your Administrator Password When Asked For.

Linux OS that Uses YAST for installing Programs

Start Up Yast, then Search For “Build Essentials” and Install all the Packages it Shows.

Linux OS that Uses Synaptic for Installing Programs

Start Synaptic , Search for “Build Essentials” and Install All packages it shows.

If all goes well, then Move on to

Installing Your Programs in Linux!

  1. Mike says:

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Don’t pay for your electricity any longer…
    Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

  2. fuppors says:

    hh.. love it 🙂

  3. Marinkina says:

    Нет,по настоящиму улыбнул 8 пункт,просто представил такую ситуацию ))).

  4. Justin says:

    Hi, i encounter the make:command not found error, and want to install the Make program on unix, solaris. This articile fits my purpose, but it doesn’t describe anything about how i can do it on the box… can please help me in this?


  5. Admin says:

    Sorry mate 😐 i only Do linux :S

    anyone else passing by knows how to do this???

  6. Marium says:

    Hey, great website,,

    I just have a problem, I’d be very grateful if you help me out 🙂

    I’m using ubunto and this is my very first time dealing with linux and I’m trying to install a .gz program, I tried these steps but unfortunately I had an “sudo: aptitude: command not found” error in step 3,, and I have no idea what that means 🙂

    Thanks in advance

    • Admin says:

      What version of Ubuntu have you got?
      From this error, i think it’s most likely that your typing something incorrectly.
      Also, if you new to Linux i suggest just using apt-get to install any programs you want.

      p.s. what program are you trying to install?


  7. Macus says:

    Hello. please can you show me how to Start Up Yast or how to Start Synaptic in ubuntu. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hey .

      1. Ubuntu does not use YAST, last time i used YAST was on SUSE, you should be able to find it under programs.

      2. Synaptic in Ubuntu can be found by going to System> Administration > Synaptic

  8. playfred says:

    Nice answer back in return of this matter with real arguments and
    explaining everything concerning that.

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