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Tried to follow the info: ( apparantly, I can't post a URL because I haven't posted enough yet to ID that I am not a spammer) but it was an article on the linuxquestions website about how to compile programs from source. It would be much easier to follow my rambling if one could follow the article I was reading : linuxquestions.org/questions/answers.php?action=viewarticle&artid=15
but I was not even close to success. First, I'm running Mandrake 10.2. Ok, I couldn't even download the program to the directory: /usr/local/src as the owner and group is root. So I ended the session and logged in as root, changed that src folder in properties, permissions so the owner was myself and the group was users with all the boxes checked under owner, group and others except for write in others. (clearly you can see that I do not know what I am doing...). Anyway, logged back on as myself again and was able to then download the program (firefox 1.0.7 installer.tar.gz) into the folder. Well, next I tried to type the code (which I assume that I do in the "run command" under menu. Nothing happened, so I tried it in the "Konsole" program and got this :
[frank@localhost ~]$ tar zxf firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz
tar: firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Please try not to laugh...I'm clueless. But I want to learn. !st, did I screw up something in the scr folder by changing the permission owner/group thing? Please help...I thought that would be an easy thing to start with installing before I tackled installing a program to change my synaptics mousepad settings so the tapping would stop which is driving me crazy. Maybe I shouldn't do this so late at night. Should I back up and read something much more basic about using Linux before trying this level? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks