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yeah you have to do that chmod 755 before you attempt to run that file. Try to run it as a normal user becuase if you install it as root then sometimes it wont let you open it as a user, been there done that so be careful what you do.
Ok, that is fine. I actually plan on do some programming once I learn how to get everything running. Do I need to add it to my path for SO or other applications that may use it? If so, how do I do that? Thanks!
No, the file ends in src.tar.gz, which shows that it's a compressed file (like Window's .ZIP files), and that it a source file (as they usually are under Linux). You'll need to install it first.
Move to a sensible directory (I use /home/thymox/files) and then unzip/tar it (tar -zxpvf /whereveryoudownloadeditto/something.tar.gz). There will almost definitely be a README file in there, and probably an INSTALL file. Read them.
The tar extracted about 11,000 files. I read the readme file but that was not helpful. Did not see an intstall file. I found a makefile but I do not know if I am supposed to do anything with that. Please help.
Did you do the ./configure and the make parts first?
The configure script (what you run when you type ./configure) normally makes a new makefile, unless there are errors. This make file is used when you run make, and creates an executable (normally) in the current directory, unless there are errors. Running make install will only work if a) you've not had any errors, and b) there is a need to.
Unfortunately some programs do not include the make install routine, so typing it would not do anything. This is normally because different Linux distros keep their files in different places.
It sounds like it is the latter (no 'make install' routine in the makefile). Look around for docs on where you should copy your JRE files to, and then do so.