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Old 08-21-2003, 01:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy Tarballs

Im very very very new to linux. I just got off XP and i need to know how to install programs from tarballs. These seem utterly useless if there are RPM files that install programs for me. How can i make my own RPM from these evil tarballs? Can anyone help?
Old 08-21-2003, 02:27 AM   #2
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Old 08-21-2003, 02:37 AM   #3
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ok that didn't really help me at all. I was hoping for like a walkthru, but thanks. I still can't make any sort of install progress. where do installed programs go??
Old 08-21-2003, 01:47 PM   #4
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The link he gave you was a walkthrough.

If you want more information, searching "install from source" on the forums and Google should lead to plenty of answers.

It generally goes like this:

tar -xvzf [file.tar.gz]
[directory is created with files]
cd [directory name]
[the script runs]
[the program compiles]
[enter root password]
make install

Binaries are usually installed in /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin. Libraries are usually in /usr/lib, /usr/local/lib.

to find out where a program is:

whereis [program]

but you can usually just type the program into a terminal.


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