tar xvfz filename.tar.gz (or .tgz) won't install the software yet; what it'll do is just decompress the archive, depending on a developer's state of mood during packaging it might decompress the file into its own directory, if so descend into this directory
cd filename (usually) and then read if any README and INSTALL files for further intstructions, most probable it'll require steps like
but as I said before it depends.
And I am confused, and I believe anyone on this forum is confused as well. Did you download an rpm or tar.gz? They're different types of files, where is rpm is precompiled binaries unless it is .src.rpm, and tar.gz is archived binaries, which can be precompiled or the actual source that must be compiled and installed.
Last edited by neo77777; 03-07-2002 at 09:53 PM.