I have downloaded stardict-2.0.0-pre2.tar.gz and applied the extraction on it by writing: tar xzvf stardict-2.0.0-pre2.tar.gz , thereupon a new folder was created with the following content:

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From this point on, I am clueless how to proceed, only thing I have read is that sometimes a certain file has to be made executable by using chmod +x file.

  • I wouldn't be surprised if INSTALL contained some INSTALLation-related information... or if README had any information worth READing... Or maybe we could just ask a friend. – John WH Smith Feb 20 '15 at 0:36
  • I have tried : cat INSTALL README , both are empty and 0 bytes long – Abdul Al Hazred Feb 20 '15 at 0:42
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    Does your distribution not have a binary package of this? And what is your distribution? – Faheem Mitha Feb 20 '15 at 1:00
  • I have Linux Mint Rebecca, I do not know what a binary package is. – Abdul Al Hazred Feb 20 '15 at 11:43

It could be that stardict-2.0.0-pre2.tar.gz and stardict-2.0.0.tar.gz are just not functional. I attempted to install both on CentOS 5.6 without success. The INSTALL and README are indeed empty on the pre2.tar.gz version. Unless you specifically need this version I recommend installing stardict-2.4.8.tar.bz2 instead.

wget https://stardictproject.googlecode.com/files/stardict-2.4.8.tar.bz2
tar jxvf stardict-2.4.8.tar.bz2
cd stardict-2.4.8

From there you can view and follow the INSTALL document. I was able to ./configure and make 2.4.8. I did not complete the process with the make install however.

  • bravo!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – mikeserv Feb 20 '15 at 4:05

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