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That "not in gzip format" is what you get when you use z instead of j with the tar command... maybe you mistyped it? Here's the steps:
1. Download to /usr/local/src (the normal place for putting the source code of programs, although it doesn't really matter)
2. tar jxvf gimp-print-5.0.0-beta1.tar.bz2 (j tells it to extract a bz2 file, x tells it to extract the tar file, v means "verbose" and will write out what is being unpacked to the screen, and f means the filename is coming up next)
3. cd gimp-print-5.0.0-beta1
4. Read any README or INSTALL files, as they will give you more information about how to install. If there aren't any special install instructions, it's usually:
7. su (to switch to root, all the above commands should be typed as a user)
8. make install
klfreese@linux:~> tar jxvf gimp-print-5.0.0-beta1.tar.bz2
tar: gimp-print-5.0.0-beta1.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
1. CD to the directory where the tarball is located.
2. get a directory listing to verify that the file is in the current directory. Use the -l option so you can check the length and permissions of the file.
3. use autocompletion. Type the command to extract the file, followed by the first few letters of the file and press the tab key. This will finish typing the rest of the filename for you, so there is less chance of typos.
4. use the man pages on the bunzip or tar commands so you can get the options correct.