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Old 01-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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very newb question


Im trying to figure out how to install the .tar.gz files. Im reading the "how to install from source" post in the please read before posting thread.

downloaded gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz

cruzer@cruzer ~ $ cd
cruzer@cruzer ~ $ tar xvf gaim-1.5.0.tar.gz
tar: gaim-1.5.0.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

is the file in the wrong location? what do i do?

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Old 01-04-2014, 10:45 PM   #2
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It's not simply tar, but zipped also, so extract it with -z option:
Code:
cruzer@cruzer~$ tar -zxvf gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz
Also noitice that, you downloaded a file named gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz (where gaim and rest name is seperated by a .), but you're trying to extract a file gaim-1.5.0.tar.gz (where gaim and rest name is seperated by a -). However, use correct file name and try again.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:13 PM   #3
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now im getting this

cruzer@cruzer ~ $ cd
cruzer@cruzer ~ $ tar -zxvf gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz
tar (child): gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

apparently the file doesn't exist? the file is called gaim-1.5.0.tar.gz, and I tried with both - and . between the gaim and 1
 
Old 01-04-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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You are in the same dir as the download?

Try 'ls -l'
 
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:28 PM   #5
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Hi. Try:
Code:
man tar
plus like Shivaa points out:
Quote:
Originally Posted by radiohead211 View Post
... gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz
...
gaim-1.5.0.tar.gz ...
then open the README and\or INSTALL files from the extracted folder in a text editor (if a folder was where the files were packed, doesn't happen often but you should make a folder to extract in or view the contents first e.g: extracting lots of loose files to /home i.e:
Code:
~
can make a mess)

then normally:
Code:
$ ./configure
...
$ make
...
$ make install
and check for errors usually on packages you may need? Best wishes and have fun.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:41 PM   #6
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alAs decendant_command mentioned. try to use ls -al.
Figure out the correct file name.

while typing tar -xvf g press tab after g. Acc to your distribution your file name will get completed automatically. You should be present in the directory in order to execute the above mentioned steps.

forgive typos sending from mobile.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:48 PM   #7
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Yes, tab completion is cool, double tap tab after "tar -xvf g" to see all files that may start with g unless only one.
 
Old 01-05-2014, 02:19 AM   #8
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@radiohead211:
Read carefully what people have suggested. You're simply trying to extract/open a file which doesn't exist. You need to go into that file's location and then invoke the extraction command, else use full path of the file to extract it.
Code:
To check, whether tar file exists in current location or not:
cruzer@cruzer~$ ls -la

If it lists the file, then invoke below command:
cruzer@cruzer~$ tar -zxvf gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz

Else, use full path of the file:
cruzer@cruzer~$ tar -zxvf /path/to/gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz

Or, go into the file's location (perhaps in downloads directory) and then invoke the cmd:
cruzer@cruzer~$ tar -zxvf gaim.1.5.0.tar.gz
Also, be carefull with filename. Instead of typing, just copy-paste the name.

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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Also see:
Code:
man pwd
...
man cd
and
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-...at-sheets.html
 
Old 01-05-2014, 10:23 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forums, but why the heck are you trying to install gaim 1.5 from source?!?

gaim was replaced by pidgin in 2007!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin_%28software%29

So you do not install an ancient version of gaim from source! Rather, you use your distribution's normal procedure to install the currently supported pidgin chat application. For example, in Ubuntu, you would double-click pidgin in the Software Center. If you tell us which distro you're using, we can give specific instructions.

To summarize: just because you *know how* to install something from source, does not mean that you *should* randomly go around the internet downloading and installing any old source code... install the stable and supported applications from your distro's repositories please!!
 
Old 01-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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To summarize: just because you *know how* to install something from source, does not mean that you *should* randomly go around the internet downloading and installing any old source code... install the stable and supported applications from your distro's repositories please!!
I agree. Outside sources should be a last resort if your distro doesn't have it in it's repositories or the one in the repository is an older version.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:41 PM   #12
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And, if you want or need to customize the install but then if the app doesn't update itself that falls on you.
 
Old 01-05-2014, 09:10 PM   #13
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im only trying to install gaim as practice to see if i can install tar.gz files.

im using fuduntu, which is dead, so I'm going to the library hopefully tomorrow to download a couple different distros to try before I tackle source code stuff.
 
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If you can DL try: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...4/#post5092346 ?
 
  


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