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MikeeX 03-14-2002 03:20 PM

Installing .tar.gz files
Right now when using Slackware 8.0, i run the normal command lines to exract the programs and install them. I also heard about the "pkgtool" where you can install files with tar.gz extension.

Is this true? Am i able to run installpkg Filename.tar.gz and it will run all the necessary commands to install the program.

Thanks for any info you can give me, or if im even on the right track. Trying to make it faster for me to install stuff.

hanzerik 03-14-2002 03:51 PM

It will work on the packages that are on the cd. Dont know and havnt tried to install anything else with it.

acid_kewpie 03-14-2002 04:13 PM

standard slackware packages are precompiled like rpms and then put into tar's, it'll not working on a source tar.gz

MikeeX 03-14-2002 04:38 PM

know of any 3rd party software that would make installing tar.gz files a piece of cake? or is doing it the normal way the ONLY way?

acid_kewpie 03-14-2002 04:49 PM

huh? it IS easy... you're seriously that much against a few simple console commands??

MikeeX 03-14-2002 04:55 PM

No, you are right it is easy. Just trying save some key strokes thats all :-)

I'm fine with the way I have to do it, just wondering if there was alternatives.

acid_kewpie 03-14-2002 04:59 PM

well, actually now i think of it you can turn a tar.gz into an rpm package aparently, with rpm -ta (or -tb depending) file.tar.gz

MikeeX 03-14-2002 05:17 PM

Is RPM funtionality in slackware by default?

acid_kewpie 03-14-2002 05:18 PM

no. it's almost amusing the way their descriptions of rpm in the installer completely deride a package that they provided for you to install if you really want it.

MikeeX 03-14-2002 05:26 PM

ok, thanks for all your time :-)

Have a good one

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