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I run Vida linux 1.1, and I need to unzip some tar.gz files. I can read the contnts of what is inside the file, but can not run the set up. I says that it is an unknown file type and show the little gnome foot. When I try to run it. all it will do is give me an option about whether to run it in seperate window or not...then it will open text editor and show me the code...How do I get it to run?
I don't understand whether you're asking how to untar and unzip or just install. If you need to untar and unzip then simply type "tar -xzvf (filename)" Once this is done then you can navigate to the file's directory, if one is created, and type "./configure &&make &&make install" to make and install the program in one fell swoop.
Why don't we try it from the console... Open your console application and enter the directory in which the file is located. If the file type is tar.gz then issue the command tar -zxvf <filename> which should create a directory from the tar.gz file. Then if you still don't know what to do, come back. Are you trying to install from source, or is it supposed to be a binary?
If you're looking at this file and it's a little picture (i.e. an "icon") try right-clicking on it with the mouse and look for the menu that pops out of it. If one of the menu items says "extract here" click that.
If you're in text mode (a terminal windows that's all words and punctuation, no pictures) then Ken1015's reply will work. FYI, the two compression programs are different. "Tar" stands for "tape archive" and was originally used to compact files so they could fit on reels of tape (back when all computers stored data that way). The "gz" part is from "GNU zip", the zip/unzip utility for GNU/Linux.
By the way, when you extract a tarball, you might want to give it it's own directory. 9/10th of the time, the person packing the tarball had enough sense to put it in a directory, and the 10 out of tenth time, you have to spend half an hour picking the untarred files out of the other files in your home directory...