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Hello everyone and thanks for any help that you may provide me .
I have Linux Suse 10, and I was wondering how do I go about installing software?
I was looking for a program similair to winamp and I heard that Audacious would be a good choice. So my main question is... How do I install Audacious properly? It comes as a .tgz and im not sure how the installation process works!
.tgz is a package format for Slackware. I think Suse uses .rpm packages.
Whilst it is true that Slackware's package management system uses .tgz files, it is very misleading to say that .tgz "package format for Slackware" A .tgz file is a gzipped tarball which is like a .zip file in that it's a compressed archive that you can uncompress to get a bunch of other files. From command line use:
$ tar zxvf file.tgz
Various GUI tools are available. If the software is available as a .tgz file then you can probably simply uncompress it and run the software. No installation required. However it if the .tgz file contains the source for the application rather than pre-compiled binaries then you'll have to build it according to the instructions provided.
SUSE systems do indeed use rpm packages and using rpm packages is the the easiest way to install, update and uninstall software.
OP - it might help if you were more specific regarding what version of Linux you are using. There is no product called 'Linux SUSE 10'. There is however SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 which is a commercially licensed distro produced by Novell, and openSUSE versions 10, 10.1 10.2 and 10.3 which are free to download and use.
"OP - it might help if you were more specific regarding what version of Linux you are using. There is no product called 'Linux SUSE 10'. There is however SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 which is a commercially licensed distro produced by Novell, and openSUSE versions 10, 10.1 10.2 and 10.3 which are free to download and use."
I have Suse Linux 10. Does that ring any bells?
I also did go into Yast then to the Software Management tools. But that doesn't help me get Audacious installed.
I also have tried the 'tar jxvf' command and I got this respone.
bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Like I said there is no product called 'Suse Linux 10'. Look at the file /etc/SuSE-release - that will tell you what version you have.
If you have SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 then Audacious will not be available via YaST. Audacious isn't in the package list for openSUSE 10.3 either. But if you look at the Audacious website download page you'll find there are links to packages for openSUSE. I recommend using them over the .tgz. The packages for openSUSE 10.3 will probably work for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop too.
Originally Posted by LinuxLux
I also have tried the 'tar jxvf' command and I got this respone.
What I wrote was zxvf not jxvf. z tells tar to use the gzip file, j tells it to use the bzip2 filter. The file has a .tgz suffix which means it'll be compressed with gzip. If the suffix was .tar.bz2 then you'd use j.
Thanks Sonneteer, I was able to get it extracted by changing the command like you said. How ever I dont beleive thats all that needs to be done. Now what do I do with all of these files that have been extracted?
Well from here on, it could be different for every program, and I never have installed audacious myself.
But normally the extracted files should be quite obvious, there should be one executable file (out of the extracted file) that is used to execute the program. I'd say an executable file called "audacious". It should be directly among the first path you extracted or inside folder called "bin".
Go to the folder you extracted it through terminal or bash, and issue this command:
You could, try to execute it by double clicking from nautilus or other file browsers, but in case there are dependency errors, you wouldn't know about it.
also a .tgz also known as a tar.gz could be the source code .
if there is a file in the folder called " configure " or " makefile " then you have the source and will need to build the code .
is this what you downloaded http://audacious-media-player.org/in...itle=Downloads
" Audacious: 1.5.1: audacious-1.5.1.tgz "
if so THAT IS THE SOURCE CODE .I just looked at it
you will also need to install from the source or there dev packages
i recommend installing from source because rpm's tend to fail for dependancies...
If the rpm install fails 'for dependencies' then surely there is a very high chance that the source will fail to compile due to missing dependencies?
Installing packages is always preferable to installing from source because it makes keeping track of what is installed on your system and upgrading/uninstalling things much easier. Where I work we occasionally have to install software for users that's only available as source so we make an rpm package from the source ourselves and then install that because it is far better to do that than having 'make install' spewing files all over the place which it may then later not be clear why they are there.
Originally Posted by schneidz
also web based installs work usually fairly well (like apt-get, yum)
No packaged installed from any online repositories that you have set up should ever fail due to missing dependencies. If it does that it is the fault of the repository maintainer.
Last edited by arizonagroovejet; 09-03-2008 at 11:13 AM.