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3 Installing gnats

See also Where the tools and utilities reside.

There are several steps you need to follow to fully configure and install gnats on your system. You need root access in order to create a new account for gnats and to install the gnats utilities. You may need root access on some systems in order to set up mail aliases and to allow this new account access to cron and at.

If you are updating an older version of gnats rather than installing from scratch, see Upgrading from older versions.

gnats installation relies on two other freely available software packages, which should be installed before you go on to configure and build gnats. These are gnu make and Texinfo (version 4.2 or higher). Both are available from the gnu FTP site at

To build and install gnats, you must: