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Old 11-21-2004, 03:56 PM   #1
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ultra new..


Can get the basics running and obtain details from the Yast side of things to install stuff, nice and easy, BUT...

How do i install a downloaded tar.gz file... trying to install a web cam!

Now i need a real blow for blow account, sorry this is all new to me.. slowly migrating from MS.. and however much i hate it i must say that this bit is easier with mr gates

Is there a good book that will explain in English how to do things like this....

Thanks for help


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Old 11-21-2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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In the bash, on the direcory execute:

gunzip "thefile.tar.gz" <- uncompress it
tar -xvf "thefile.tar" <- unpackate it
mv "thefile" <- change to the folder "thefile"
./make install (I suppose you've got the source )
Old 11-21-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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A .tar.gz file is a compressed file. As the user, decompress it, by typing
tar -zxvf <filename>.tar.gz
This un-tarring will create a new directory. Cd into this new directory and look for 2 files, called README and INSTALL. These files will tell you if there are any special ways to install your program.

Generally, it goes like this:
enter directory
make install
...type "su" (minus the quotes)
...type the root password
Easy as that!


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