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Old 11-15-2007, 09:49 PM   #31
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First thing you do is extract them. You can do that manually, from the command line, with:

tar xvf (or xzvf) packagename.tar.gz

But if you are running a GUI, you may as well simply right-click and select "Extract here".

What comes next depends on the type of file:

- if it is a binary, it is ready to run. For example, if you extract a firefox binary tar.gz, you can launch firefox by simpling cd-ing into the firefox folder and typing firefox. Other applications (java, perl, python) work similarly but you need to specify the interpreter on the command line, for example, if you have a Python app, you would use a command like python foo.py.

- if it is a source file, you will need to compile it first. Instructions are usually contained in an INSTALL file in the directory. Typically, you would cd into the directory and type:
- .configure (this will check whether you have all the required libraries installed to compile - examine any error messages in order to find out what still needs to be installed).
- make (=the actual compilation; this may still go wrong even if the .configure check didn't find any potential issues - this can be really frustrating)
- and finally, to install the compiled application: sudo make install
But as I said, always read the INSTALL and README files first.

Last edited by jay73; 11-15-2007 at 09:51 PM.
 
Old 11-16-2007, 11:37 PM   #32
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um...is there a video demonstrating this....that kinda would help...
 
Old 11-17-2007, 12:32 AM   #33
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Seriously... you need a video showing you how to right click and "extract here"? Really??

Could you consider giving better details on what you're trying to accomplish exactly? People are willing to help but you have to come to the table with legitimate well thought out questions.
 
Old 11-17-2007, 06:26 AM   #34
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I agree. I'm afraid that I don't see which part is confusing. Is it the cd command? Any of the compile commands? You may want to have a look at this:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Gutsy

I believe that there is a similar page for Kubuntu. If you are confused by the command line, you should read these:

http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/index.html
http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml

These are only two of such sites; there are plenty more on the net and some may even be a lot better.
 
Old 11-18-2007, 11:32 PM   #35
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check out this page and tell me please if this would be any help....
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/hotwire-gr...or-ubuntu.html
 
Old 11-19-2007, 10:35 AM   #36
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Hotwire is a good learning aid but it does essentially the same thing as the terminal that is a standard component of all distros. Don't expect any magic, it's not going to compile anything automatically.
 
Old 11-19-2007, 11:16 PM   #37
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is there anything that compiles the package for you????
 
Old 11-20-2007, 02:22 AM   #38
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No, there isn't. But again, why would you want to compile anything yourself when so many things can be installed from the repositories? If it is something that you want/need to do, OK, but apparently it's not what you want/need. Most people get by without ever compiling anything, you know.
 
Old 11-21-2007, 11:35 AM   #39
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Thanks for ur guizes help.....i think ill get by by just adept installer...with the programs there...thanks
 
  


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