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Old 01-26-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
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Compiling tar files

Whats the command in to compile a tar file?
Old 01-26-2005, 03:35 AM   #2
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Well, there is no single command. However, this is typically the sequence:
tar xvjf packagename-version.tar.bz2
cd packagename-version
make install
The first command might need to be tar xvzf packagename-version.tar.gz depending on how the tarball was compressed.

Also read the README and INSTALL files if present. They will provide instructions on how to compile the software. The steps I gave are generic. They'll work most of the time, but not 100% of the time.

Finally, the make install command will need to be executed as root so the install routine will have permission to copy files into system directories.
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I've written an article on software installation:

I hope this helps.



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