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Old 12-23-2003, 08:49 PM   #1
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dealing with .tgz files

i have downloaded shorten.linux.tgz and dont know where i go from here. when i click on Arc comes up with a list of things. What do i do?
Old 12-23-2003, 09:01 PM   #2
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a tgz extension is just a shorter way of saying tar.gz
its a gzipped tar archive. (yeah, aload of files compressed into one)

you can decompress it with the command line
tar -zxf the_file.tgz

now you can access the files within the archive, and do whatever you want with it.

without saying what shorten.linux.tgz is, nor what files are in the archive, i dont know what u want to do with the compressed files...

maybe its source code u want to compile ?
if so, it should come with README / INSTALL files.. but the usual way is
make install (or /usr/local/sbin/checkinstall ) depending on if u have checkinstall installed.
Old 12-24-2003, 01:38 AM   #3
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They are also known as Slackware specific packages used with pkgtools in Slackware to manage installing/upgrading/removing packages installed by Slackware.
Old 12-25-2003, 07:51 AM   #4
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True, but the distribution says he is using mandrake 9.1 which i think is rpm based.
anyway, since (s)he hasnt replyed, i assume (s)he worked it out.


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