Thanks for your help borti, moving forward now.
I am now almost getting the project compiled by using the codelite workspace. Near the end of the makefile, it tries to run:
#ifneq ($(DISABLE_STACKREPORT),1) # @bash -c "$(STACKREPORT) $@" #endif
(Note i had to comment it out). If left uncommented, I get :
"/usr/bin/bash: nios2-stackreport: command not found"
The /intelFPGA_lite/17.1/nios2eds/bin/ directory with file nios2-stackreport is on my path, but maybe appears to be a perl script, perl is also on my path! Any ideas?