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Old 03-07-2005, 08:43 PM   #1
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Need help installing tar gz files please


I downloaded wall paper from gnome look. org and the extension ends with tar gz

Dose anyone know the command that will extract and install the download on to my computer I'm using Debian Linux as an OS

Any suggestions will be appreciated
 
Old 03-07-2005, 08:50 PM   #2
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tar xvzpf (the name of the file).tar.gz will create & extract the contents of the gzipped file into a directory/folder of the same name as the gzip (if that makes any sense).
 
Old 03-07-2005, 09:39 PM   #3
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Ok I typed tar xvzpf into the terminal then dragged the file into the terminal and pressed enter but nothing happened the program didn't install

heres the message I got





linux26:/home/username# tar xvzpf /home/username/16332-CrystalforGnome2.tar.gz
CrystalforGnome2/disconnect.png
CrystalforGnome2/language.png
CrystalforGnome2/wall.svg
CrystalforGnome2/gentoo.png
CrystalforGnome2/GdmGreeterTheme.desktop
CrystalforGnome2/theme.xml
CrystalforGnome2/loginbox.png
CrystalforGnome2/session.png
CrystalforGnome2/screenshot.png
linux26:/home/username#

I remember Mandrake had some type of make install config command not sure if that will work with Debian though
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:11 PM   #4
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Hi,

Put all those extracted files in /usr/share/backgrounds/images directory. You can then choose from those wallpapers for your desktop as well
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:45 PM   #5
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I'm sorry

I'm getting an error message telling me that I don't have write permissions every time I try to drag the file into the folder

I swear I been sitting here for 5 hours trying to figure out how to do this lol
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:54 PM   #6
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You need to be root to access that directory. If not, ask your sys admin to do it for you. you cannot write onto that directory as a regular user
 
Old 03-08-2005, 02:07 AM   #7
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Yeah

I knew that there was more to it then just having to drag the file into the home directory, I'm new with using TAR and BZ extensions.

The command is most likely something like

tar xvzpf
cd
cp
make install

@ leat thats the way it was done with Mandrake, or someway pretty close to it



I've been at this for damn near 10 hours and still cant figure out how to root into the home directory Debian is different then SUSE when it comes to installing downloads

heh
I configure the sound card installed Nvidia drivers hooked up the monitor ( and I'm a total Noob ) Updated the Kernel from 2.4 to 2.6 and I cant even install a stinking download heh
 
Old 03-08-2005, 11:17 AM   #8
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Sometimes "--help" parameter helps... sometimes "man what_u_r_searching_for"... sometimes (rarely) "apropos what_u_r_searching_for"... Everything helps us???

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Old 03-08-2005, 11:44 AM   #9
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Looking at the list of files extracted, there is nothing to "make".

Those are just graphics and text files (which is all that should really be needed). Was there a README or other installation instruction available?
 
Old 03-08-2005, 11:45 AM   #10
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I noticed in your previous posts that you unpacked the images as root (the "#" sign). Probably that's the reason why you can't do much with them. Become root once more, delete them, exit root's account and run 'tar xzvf ...' again as a regular user.
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figure out how to root into the home directory
What do you exactly mean by that? You can become root at any time using 'su' or, if you have it, you can use 'sudo' with root as parameter.
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The command is most likely something like

tar xvzpf
cd
cp
make install
What are you trying to do? To compile and install some PNGs (images)? Hard to believe that can be done. That set of commands (and some of them are missing) are used when compiling and installing something from source.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 12:28 PM   #11
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Now real help:
You spent 10 hours and found no way out??? You suppose Mandrake did well??? Go and get ANY book about Linux and learn about console. GUI is not Linux. If you can't do with console - you can't do with Linux. Learn. Try Slackware. I spent 4 hours first day configuring it and have learnt much more than "using" Mdk for half a year. Just a useful hint. Force yourself to learn before errors force you to stop.
Although I'm myself still a newbie Don't take my words seriously, but think about it...
 
Old 03-08-2005, 07:44 PM   #12
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Ok see heres the deal

The file is in the home directory the only way I can type root is when I'm in the command line.

I click on file manager and wait for the window to pop up then type root in the url window and get an invalid command error. I open the terminal then type su enter my password , become root through the terminal ( that's the only way I know how to become root ) try to drag the file to the trash, and an error message comes up saying that I don't have permission to move the file.

My GUI doesn't give me an option to log in as root it just ask which kernel I want to use.

I couldn't even find a read me file

I'm about ready to bust a 40 caliber cap at this damn computer
 
Old 03-08-2005, 08:12 PM   #13
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If you are only familiar with the GUI there is a not so safe way. Logout of your session, log back in as root, which will give you an ugly red background in KDE, do as you need to, logout and log in as your normal user. Not really recommended but it will work. Then please grab some knowledge and learn to use a command line, it is a lot safer and more satisifying to learn a little and enjoy your computer's new found abilities with Linux.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 08:32 PM   #14
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That's the deal

Gnome doesn't have an option to log in as root ( Only via terminal

I'm only able to choose the kernel that I want to boot to when I restart the computer

I have to do something like this via the terminal
su
enter password

filename cd
mv
location which is /usr/share/backgrounds/images
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:15 PM   #15
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My friend,

1. Boot into linux
2. Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<F1>
3. Login as root in the text console. You will be taken to the prompt
4. Issue the command cd /home/username/CrystalforGnome2
5. Now issue the command cp * /usr/share/backgrounds/images
6. Your job is done.
7. Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<F7>
8. Change your desktop background by selecting any of these files.
 
  


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