how to intall rpms from .tar.bz and .tar.gz and .src.rpms
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Yeah www.rpm.org. You'll find to build a rpm you need a understanding of a spec. Not all source comes with a spec file, but you can open a text editor and make one. Learn to make a directory tree for rpm that isnt on your /, so you can make the rpm as a normal user. This will lessen the risk of foobaring your /. It is all at www.rpm.org. You can use the simple macros to make a package, and be sure you understand the rpm database fully. Your distro may have the same program named differently, so thus you'll have 2 versions of the program in the database prolly installed at the same location. If you install a program that needs that prgram. See it can get goofed up. It has been my experience it takes longer to make the rpm as opposed to just compiling it yourself. I try to compile it first looking at the output of configure to see what it actually needs, then I build a package. Sometimes if the source code doesnt have certain devel packages installed it will disable something you want. If that is the case rpmbuild will keep on going building the package with the stuff you actually want. Maybe one day I can like actually know what all these libs do, and not have to do a intitial compile first. But the good thing is if the rpm is built correctly, you'll never have to compile it again.
For rpms, Most of them can be installed directly from Xwindows..
Right click on that file and try Install Packsages..
For tar.gz, goto the console and type
tar -xzf filename.tar.gz
Sorry, But this doesn't work. Why can't Linux have an auto installer? It would make running Linux for the first time user A LOT easier. This makes me want to go back to Windows. WAY TOO complicated for first timers.
Well an auto-installer is already a running program that installs onto the computer. What if that program has bugs or an option you would like to change? You could edit the source code and recompile it then install it manually, giving you more control over the software. In Windows you're at the mercy of who ever designed that software, bugs and all. I would definently check out the websites listed here. Good luck!
You don't need to compile Azureus. After extracting it, a directory named azureus will be created and you can "cd" into it and run the executable. I have Azureus in my home folder, but you can put it where you like.