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Old 12-24-2005, 11:45 PM   #1
tweakerxp
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Downloading programs....


I have looked this up and I still don't quite understand it.
How do I download a program(s) from the internet using this TAR thingy. The rest of Linux I'm gettin the hang of it. This downloading is getting the best of me.

I need some help.

Thanks

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Old 12-24-2005, 11:53 PM   #2
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The .tar thingy is how the package has been compressed.

So download the program

tar -zxvf package name
cd package name
read the read me

The commands can be

./configure
make
make install

But the commands could be different.
 
Old 12-24-2005, 11:53 PM   #3
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Tar is actually pretty easy. I see you are using Ubuntu, I tend to like to use the given distribution's package manager but sometimes a tarball is the only way.

To do a tar ball, first download a tarball. They come in either tar.gz or tar.bz2 format. There is very little difference.

1: Open up the command prompt and navigate to the directory that you downloaded the tarball to, in most cases it is /home/yourusername.

2: Issue this command: tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz
If it is a tar.bz2 file it will be tar -xvjf filename.tar.bz2

3: change into the newly unpacked directory with cd directoryname

4: Read the readme which will tell you how to proceed. Generally however it is
./configure
make
make install

This web site offers a detailed walk through:

http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html
 
Old 12-25-2005, 09:14 AM   #4
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Thanks Shane, That is EXACTLY what I wanted to know. Got the link bookmaked.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.....
 
Old 12-25-2005, 04:31 PM   #5
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but tell me: why my console argues that file or library does not exist? I copyed the
url of the file and no matter what type of file it is it just keeps saying that mutha*****ng sentence.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 05:52 PM   #6
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Download your file. Then navigate to where the downloaded file is (in Ubuntu when downloading with Firefox, I think the default is /home/<username>/Desktop).

Then do:
tar zxvf blahblahpackage.tar.gz
 
Old 12-25-2005, 07:10 PM   #7
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Komakino
About your signature....

Its just another fine example of why public education here in America doesn't work.

Sometimes spell check helps too....

Last edited by tweakerxp; 12-25-2005 at 07:12 PM.
 
Old 12-26-2005, 11:19 PM   #8
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Timne,
May be a dependency error, what program are you trying to install?
 
Old 12-27-2005, 06:54 AM   #9
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problem solved. I copyed the whole url including prefix ´file´ or ´tar´ earlier....
 
Old 12-27-2005, 07:02 AM   #10
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and btw, if my typings are a little indistincts, please try to understand! I´m finnish and I have to use a dictionary all the time So grammatically my sentences can be a little hard to read
 
Old 12-27-2005, 09:04 AM   #11
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I don't think his signature is aimed at you...It's more aimed at ppl hoo tpe lyk this alll teh tyme e ven tho they can speek englih pfectly kthxbye.

:P
 
Old 12-27-2005, 10:21 AM   #12
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I think it's aimed at the people from America, whom can't spell their own langauge. Most people from other countries do a better job than we do.<G>
 
Old 12-27-2005, 01:53 PM   #13
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Timke,
I never would have guessed you were not a native speaker of English. Your sentences and grammer appear okay to me and I almost majored in English in college.
 
Old 12-28-2005, 04:03 AM   #14
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well, my english is 10 (A). And there are no better english teacher than english-speaking forums!
 
  


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