When you need to compile software on Linux you should take care of the dependencies, if they are not satisfied you will not be able to compile and use the software.
If you are doing this on Debian or Ubuntu, you may have apt-cache to help you. Here is how you have to use it.
When you get your tarbal file and uncompress it, to compile you first usually run
This will start to check for lots of things, and dependencies, you may have an output like this.
checking for Qt... configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.2) (headers and libraries) not found. Please check your installation!
If you get this, you can try with this command
apt-cache search qt | grep qt3
The apt-cache command will look in the database for packages that contains files with qt in their names and with the grep we will limit the output to those containing “qt3” somewhere, as configure is asking for that version.
The output of that command in my Etch is:
gcin-qt3-immodule - a QT input method module with gcin as backend libavahi-qt3-1 - Avahi Qt3 integration library libavahi-qt3-dev - Development headers for the Avahi Qt3 integration library libqt3-compat-headers - Qt 1.x and 2.x compatibility includes libqt3-headers - Qt3 header files libqt3-i18n - i18n files for Qt3 library libqt3-java - Java bindings for Qt libqt3-jni - Java bindings for Qt ( Native libraries ) libqt3-mt - Qt GUI Library (Threaded runtime version), Version 3 libqt3-mt-dev - Qt development files (Threaded) libqt3-mt-ibase - InterBase/FireBird database driver for Qt3 (Threaded) libqt3-mt-mysql - MySQL database driver for Qt3 (Threaded) libqt3-mt-odbc - ODBC database driver for Qt3 (Threaded) libqt3-mt-psql - PostgreSQL database driver for Qt3 (Threaded) libqt3-mt-sqlite - SQLite database driver for Qt3 (Threaded) libqt4-qt3support - Qt 3 compatibility library for Qt 4 libsvnqt3 - Qt wrapper library for subversion libvtk5-qt3 - Visualization Toolkit - A high level 3D visualization library libvtk5-qt3-dev - Visualization Toolkit - A high level 3D visualization library python-qt3 - Qt3 bindings for Python python-qt3-doc - Qt bindings for Python - Documentation and examples python-qt3-gl - Qt3 OpenGL bindings for Python qt3-apps-dev - Qt3 Developer applications development files qt3-assistant - The Qt3 assistant application qt3-designer - Qt3 Designer qt3-dev-tools - Qt3 development tools qt3-dev-tools-compat - Conversion utilities for Qt3 development qt3-dev-tools-embedded - Tools to develop embedded Qt applications qt3-doc - Qt3 API documentation qt3-examples - Examples for Qt3 qt3-linguist - The Qt3 Linguist qt3-qtconfig - The Qt3 Configuration Application
If you read the lines above it appears that the missing package is:
libqt3-headers - Qt3 header files
so what we maybe need is to run
apt-get install libqt3-headers
as you can see this will not give you the right answer, but will help a lot to find the answer.