I have an old scanner connected to the printer (parallel) port, and have located a compatible driver and downloaded and unpackaged (extracted) it. I am stuck at the compiling stage. The files for the driver (which is written in C) include a Makefile, which may need some modification. The readme file says to compile with the make command. When I try to run the make command, however, I get the following message: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. What target should I specify and how, and why can't it find the makefile when it is right there?
This driver is, I believe, a "backend". The "frontend" program seemed to install okay, but I can't really say for sure.
The only dependency mentioned is libtiff, and I checked, and I found it in my /usr/lib/, and I did change the reference in the Makefile to what I believe is the correct version. I have been working as root.
I am a newbie, and I'm far too brave (or foolish, take your pick). I'm sure I don't know quite what I am doing, but I do know what I am trying to accomplish. If I can't learn how to install applications that I really want that aren't likely to ever be made into VectorLinux packages, then I will always find myself booting to LoseDough's eXasPerating instead of Vector. (Yes, I dual-boot.) If I can get the hang of the tricky things, then I can make myself at home with Vector.
Too much ado about something. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Just ask for more information, whatever you think is relevant. I am NOT using the SANE frontend, because of the particular scanner I have, which cost me $4.75 and an immeasurable amount of frustration.