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Old 02-08-2004, 02:32 PM   #1
sybil
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Downloaded drivers for modem - how to 'untar'?


Hi People

I have just managed to install Fedora on dual boot and would like to get my modem working. (Alcatel speedtouch usb adsl).

I have been to the sourceforge site (I am not allowed to post a URL because this is my first post, so here's the end of it for clarity: project/showfiles.php?group_id=32758&package_id=28264&release_id=198913) and downloaded everything that appears.

Problem 1 - do I need both the tar.gz and the tar.bz2 files or are they different versions of the same thing? I have only vaguely heard of gz but know nothing about bz2 and googling (tm!) for it doesn't enlighten me a great deal!

Problem 2 - I know tar is the same a zip but haven't a clue how to unzip/untar the file(s).

A pointer to a (VERY basic) tutorial or some clues here would be great.

Thanks!
 
Old 02-08-2004, 02:42 PM   #2
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try reading man tar
to unzip that file use "tar jxvf filename.tar.bz2" replace file name with the name of the file.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 02:46 PM   #3
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tar -zxvf (file name).tar.gz
tar -zxvf (file name).tgz
tar -jxvf (file name).tar.bz2

.tar.gz and .tgz files are the same thing.

tar parameters...
f means file (must be the last parameter passed before the file name is given)
x means extract
v means verbose
z means archive is gzip compressed
j means archive is bzip compressed.

for more info.. type
'man tar'
 
Old 02-08-2004, 05:16 PM   #4
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Read this http://www.4p8.com/eric.brasseur/spe...le_fedora.html
 
Old 02-08-2004, 05:20 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by qwijibow
tar -zxvf (file name).tar.gz
tar -zxvf (file name).tgz
tar -jxvf (file name).tar.bz2

.tar.gz and .tgz files are the same thing.

tar parameters...
f means file (must be the last parameter passed before the file name is given)
x means extract
v means verbose
z means archive is gzip compressed
j means archive is bzip compressed.

for more info.. type
'man tar'
just a comment.

"f" doeesnt have to be the last argument passed.

I can quite easily type

tar xfvz something.tar.gz

and it will extract fine.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 07:38 PM   #6
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bz2 is a more compact version of the gz file.


you're going to want to go to the directory where the tarball is: in the terminal and enter in:

tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz OR tar -jxvf

then it will extract and create a directory within the current one

change into that directory

now this is where you must read the README, u can get at it through this command vi README or you can just access it through your Xwindows and jut click on the tarball

usualy now you will run ./configure

followed by make
and then make install

some programs will sub out the ./configure for something like ./mozilla-installer (thats in the case of mozilla

hope this helps
 
Old 02-08-2004, 07:43 PM   #7
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Thanks for the above, everyone - it's exactly what I needed (I am off to find a guide to linux jargon on Google soon - when I can get online in Linux anyway!)

Andrew - you must be psychic! I have been messing with this for hours now and had figured I must be installing something out of date. Off to read more from your link...
 
Old 02-08-2004, 07:54 PM   #8
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a really good guide to linux commands is:

oreillynet.com/linux/cmd


every single command
 
  


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