I'm trying to install the current version of namecoin from github.

After much trouble and poking around, I found the official install instructions here:https://github.com/namecoin/wiki/wiki/Build-Namecoin-From-Source

Instructions are:

git clone https://github.com/namecoin/namecoin.git
cd namecoin/src
make -f makefile.unix namecoind

Only problem, there is no makefile.unix, only MakeFile and makefile.mingw

Anyone get through something like this?

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The Makefile in that directory appears to be a perfectly good makefile. Perhaps the build instructions are out of date. So try:

make namecoind

(without the -f option, the make program automatically reads the file named Makefile).

  • So far so good, seems to be compiling. One last question, if I may, I tried running make namecoind USE_UPNP=- yet I get fatal error: miniupnpc/miniwget.h: No such file or directory. How do I flag no UPnP?
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 23:27
  • I'm not sure, but perhaps try USE_UPNP= (that is, without anything at all after the =). Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 23:35
  • make USE_UPNP=' ' for namecoin-qt
    – user15700
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 15:59

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