How do I install .tar.gz apps via the command line?
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Here are some basics of tar:
x Extract the contents of the TAR file
c Create a TAR file
z Gunzip(uncompress) it before extracting, used on file ending in .tar.gz or .tgz
v Verbose - display contents as it is tarring or extracting
f Filename to follow
t List contents of TAR file
You may also want to try "gunzip". I forget if it's pre-installed in Ubuntu or not. You can pull up synaptic package manager and check though.
With gunzip you can merely execute the following command:
gunzip yourfile.txt.gz (where yourfile.txt.gz is the name of the file you wish to uncompress)
The result of this command is a file called yourfile.txt. (By default, gunzip will delete the yourfile.txt.gz file.)
FYI, 99% of the time the first reply is all you'll need.
The other replies are useful too, I'm sure, but most of the
time it's just:
tar -zxvf whatever.tar.gz
su -c 'make install'
This "make" process doesn't automatically resolve dependencies, though, so
you may get an error, generally from "configure" saying that you're missing
some library or whatever. In that case you then have to go get the package
that has the library, or the tar.gz source file for the library, and install
it, either from from the .deb package or the by doing the same "configure,
make, make install" routine for each library it needs.
Thanks goodness for systems like yum and apt which take care of these
dependencies for us - dependencies can be a pain when working with
"source tarballs" - .tar.gz files.
Is there any GUI method of installing these programs? I have KPackage, but when I open them it says "Unknown package type" and then the path of the package. I kave a program called Kconfiggure which seems like it could get the job done, but I'm not entirely sure how to use it.