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i've read several procedures for installing tgz files, but i recently downloaded a popular FTP client, KBear, [kbear-2.1-slackware9.1-i686-1.tgz], and althougth the tar works fine, it dumps the files in the download directory, creating three subdirs called 'install', 'opt', and 'usr'.
Nowhere could I find a 'configure' shell script. There IS a 'doinst.sh', but it doesn't work, citing permission denied, and when i adjust the permissions, it can't find some dirs.
I would have thouth that a popular application like KBear would have am bullet-proof installation procedure, so I assume I'm doing something real dumb.
I downloaded and uncompressed the file. The doinst.sh script seems to assume that KDE is installed in /opt/kde.
In your case, is it there or in /opt/kde3?
jims@matrix:~/downloads/slacktest> cat install/doinst.sh
( cd opt/kde/lib ; rm -rf libkbear.so.2 )
( cd opt/kde/lib ; ln -sf libkbear.so.2.0.0 libkbear.so.2 )
( cd opt/kde/lib ; rm -rf libkbear.so )
( cd opt/kde/lib ; ln -sf libkbear.so.2.0.0 libkbear.so )
There won't be a configure script because the files are precompiled.
I am not familiar with the installation program that you spoke of and am assuming that this script would be run from the root directory after the files are copied to the corresponding directories on you system.