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[Lynx-dev] new user, computer novice, installation problems

From: Daniel Bridges
Subject: [Lynx-dev] new user, computer novice, installation problems
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:39:50 +0900


I am wanting a faster, safer, peaceful, less-bandwidth web browsing experience, 
which are my reasons for trying lynx. Would you mind helping me install it? It 
is a little over my head (it appears I must learn how to use the Mac Terminal 
to install this software, and perhaps also to use it), but I think I can learn, 
if someone teaches me. I do have some limited computer experience, e.g. trying 
Mandrake/Mandriva/Ubuntu linux distributions (not without some installation 
problems), coding in MATLAB ...

What I’ve tried so far to install:
1. I navigated to the folder containing the lynx download, lynx2-8-8 via a 
series of “cd” and “ls” commands in Terminal.
2. "./configure” appeared successful. 
3. “make” appeared successful. 
4. I appended the path temporarily to the terminal session via “PATH=“ and “:” 
as demonstrated at
5. From the same folder, I tried installing in a different location: 
"./configure --prefix=/Users/[name]/Applications/lynx 
--exec-prefix=/Users/[name]/Applications/lynx”. To my surprise, this appeared 
successful, yet that folder appears empty with no files, hidden or not! It 
ended with the final lines:
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating makefile
config.status: creating WWW/Library/Implementation/makefile
config.status: creating src/makefile
config.status: creating src/chrtrans/makefile
config.status: creating lynx_cfg.h

But I don’t understand how to edit the lynx.cfg file or proceed any further. I 
have encountered this error message:
$ lynx -cfg=/[folders]/lynx2-8-8/lynx.cfg 

Lynx file "/usr/local/etc/lynx.lss" is not available.
A. Was lynx -cfg=… the correct next step towards installation?
B. What does it mean for this file to be not available? What is the problem and 
how do I solve it?
C. Am I correct that, after this command, the next steps toward proper 
installation (in my case) would be:
i. make install
ii. make install-help
iii. lynx

The last step iii being to start using the software. So, to recap, I thought 
the steps to a proper installation were: "./configure", “make", add directory 
to path so that ‘lynx’ becomes a recognized command, "lynx -cfg", "make 
install", "make install-help" (since I need help files), and then finally 

I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your help and for this 

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