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Compiling and linking programs

I'm trying to compile and link gnuplot and I consistently receive the
following error:

/usr/i486-linux/bin/ld: cannot open -lX11: No such file or directory

I think the loader is complaining about not being able to find libX11.a.
Is this right?  Is there a way around this, maybe by specifting a
different library?

I'm running slackware96 with a 2.0.24 ELF kernel.


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