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Generally speaking, try to let "don't" be a good enough answer for now. There is a very very good chance that whatever you're trying to install should have a precompiled version available in whichever package management system you're using on your distro. Whilst it's very easy to install from source, there can be a lot of additional packages to install and a certain learning curve which if you're very new to Linux, is probably best avoided for now if possible.
tar zxvf myapp.tar.gz
I want to run this application which is a network penetration tester (I am a network engineer).
When I type the ./configure command it complains about being an unknown command.
Any ideas chaps? Is my path wrong?
It might be a good idea to start a separate thread for this???
That said, what directory are you in when you issue the ./configure command? Is there a configure file in that directory? I would guess not since you get the "unknown command" response. You need to run ./configure from the very directory where the configure file is found.
I am assuming you have untarred the tar.gz file, yes?
Since you are using Ubuntu, see if you can install this package using synaptice, a graphical front end for the apt-get package manager that Ubuntu uses.
Enter at the command line:
You will be prompted for the user password you set when you installed Ubuntu.
Once synaptic is open, you can use it to search for any package you are interested in installing, either by name or package description. You may need to enable additional ubuntu repositories, including "universe" and "multiverse". You can configure this through synaptic.
Installing tarballs (.tar.gz files) is something that can be avoided with most modern linux distributions. Ubuntu is based on Debian, which has over 26,000 packages available via apt-get and synaptic.
What is meant by navigating through terminal to the tarball?
Open a terminal. Normally it starts you off in your home folder /home/kabith, for example (often abbreviated as "~"). Lets say your tarball is located in /tmp.
Navigating to the folder where your tarball is found consists of this:
"cd" is the command to change directory (or navigate) to the one indicated following the command.
with no argument takes you to your home folder.