Cannot install LIRC on Suse 7.0

I'm trying to instal a remote control in linux. I've tried both lirc-0.6.6 and lirc-0.7pre2 but they both won't compile on my Suse box. (Both have the same problem)

Here's the output(I've removed my username and replaced it by ***):
linux:/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2 # make
make  all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2'
Making all in drivers
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers'
Making all in lirc_dev
make[3]: Entering directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers/lirc_dev'
DIR=`pwd`; (cd /usr/src/linux/; make SUBDIRS=$DIR obj-m=lirc_dev.o modules)
/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99/scripts/pathdown.sh: line 4: TOPDIR: parameter null or not set
make[4]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99'
make[4]: *** No rule to make target `lirc_dev.o', needed by `modules'.  Stop.
make[4]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99'
make[3]: *** [lirc_dev.o] Error 2
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers/lirc_dev'
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2'
make: *** [all] Error 2

I've checked that /usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99 exists and is filled with the kernel source. Does anybody know what is going on? I've posted this question to several mailing list without any results.
asciimanAsked:
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Karl Heinz KremerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I understand that you are not trying to upgrade, I just suggested that it might be good idea to think about upgrading. 7.0 is pretty old, we are now (almost) at 9.1.

The top level Makefile in your source tree is supposed to set TOPDIR. If this is not done automatically, just set it manually before you run the make:

export TOPDIR=/usr/src/linux
or
export TOPDIR=/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99


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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
Are you running the make as root?

Have you considered to upgrade your system to something newer version of SuSE? The problem with old systems like yours is that you cannot upgrade to 9.x in one step, you have to go via 8.x.
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willy134Commented:
/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99/scripts/pathdown.sh: line 4: TOPDIR: parameter null or not set

what does the pathdown.sh file look like?  What version of the kerneal are you running ( uname -a )do you have the same sourcefile?

try this
 
cd /usr/src/linux
make SUBDIRS=/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers/lirc_dev obj-m=lirc_dev.o modules


does that give your the same error?>
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asciimanAuthor Commented:
khkremer: Yes I am running this as root.
I'm not trying to upgrade... I just want to install it. Lirc is not included with the suse distro.

willy: My kernel is 'linux-2.4.21-99-default' (what uname reports) , but  the source is in 'linux-2.4.21-99'

I'll paste the pathdown script in here soon. Hope that'll help. And I'll try your suggestion in the process.
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asciimanAuthor Commented:
khkermer: Correction, it is included in the distro, but it was not installed.

willy: Here's the script:
#!/bin/sh
UP=
DN=${PWD:?}
TP=${TOPDIR:?}

while [ ! $TP/$UP/. -ef $DN ] ;do
      UP=`basename $PWD`/$UP
      cd ..
      if [ "$PWD" = "/" ]; then echo "Lost"; exit 1; fi
done

echo $UP
exit 0

And as for the command:
linux:/usr/src/linux# make SUBDIRS=/home/***/Installation/lirc/lirc-0.7.0pre2/drivers/lirc_dev obj-m=lirc_dev.o modules
/usr/src/linux-2.4.21-99/scripts/pathdown.sh: line 4: TOPDIR: parameter null or not set
make: *** No rule to make target `lirc_dev.o', needed by `modules'.  Stop.  

I guess we have found the culprit.
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asciimanAuthor Commented:
Had the same problem with Suse 9.0. The solution was a bit odd. Suse includes the kernel source, but does not store the configuration file in this source. The configure script therefore got out of wack. Therefore you should run:

cp /boot/config-(kernel version) /usr/src/linux/.config
cd /usr/src/linux/
make mrporper
make oldconfig
make depend

Next recompile lirc and everything is fine.

I think we should close this question.
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