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Old 03-27-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question installing tar.gz applications


how do i install applications that are (tar.gz)in linux mint?
in particular apache office 4.01
 
Old 03-27-2014, 10:39 PM   #2
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I am not familiar with Linux Mint, Hopefully you can follow the instruction in the INSTALL file which is come with tar file.
 
Old 03-27-2014, 11:17 PM   #3
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My first course of action would be to check for a (trusted) repository for that particular application, either in the official Mint repositories, or a compatible repository i.e. Ubuntu or Debian. (Be careful about using unofficial repos though!) If the application packages are not anywhere handy, and you're desperate, downloading either the source and building (heaven forbid for something so complex/big), or just a .deb package and installing might be easier.

I am not using Apache Office on Mint or otherwise, so I don't know the particulars...maybe this can help though:

http://www.itzgeek.com/how-tos/linux...#axzz2xCWJdVcA
or https://forum.openoffice.org/en/foru...ic.php?t=50119
or https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Doc...rg_on_Linux%3F
or http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=114498

Like I said, I don't know the particulars of your situation...good luck though...
 
Old 03-27-2014, 11:28 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gman59 View Post
how do i install applications that are (tar.gz)in linux mint?
in particular apache office 4.01
I assume that you mean Open Office.

Both Open Office and Libre Office should have packages available in the repos. That would be much easier than installing from the tar archive. I am not a Mint user so cannot tell you how to select those from a repo, but I am sure someone who uses Mint will jump in here with the details.
 
Old 03-28-2014, 12:15 AM   #5
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I have noticed that tarballs are meant for installing software from source . It takes some time to compile it .
The quicker & easier way is http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=97158
In repository , developers have compiled the software from source into binary suited for your distro & tested it too.
Still , if you are interested in doing manually then
usually , the sequence to run in terminal is
Code:
mkdir tarballs_extracted #let us be systematic
cd tarballs_extracted
tar -xvzf absolute-path-to-.tar.gz-file
cd folder-just-created
./configure
make #if no errors (like gcc , software library etc. missing) occur in above
sudo make install
Also , always post your distribution version and relevant file details.
Hope , that helps.

Last edited by sumeet inani; 03-28-2014 at 12:20 AM.
 
Old 03-28-2014, 02:02 AM   #6
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and if not the mint software repo
then there ARE !!! "deb" packages to install for Debian based systems
just like there are "rpm" packages for redhat based systems

there is no need to build the java source code
that is a rather big project

and running just "./configure" likely will not be enough

OpenOffice is a VERY LARGE project
 
Old 03-28-2014, 08:26 AM   #7
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this may be relevant -> https://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/setup-linux.html
 
  


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