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Old 02-13-2005, 05:04 AM   #1
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don't know how to install *.tar.gz

In fact I don't know how to handle this.
I want to install bluetooth dongle and read one of the post in this section.
And I click the one of the link and this file pops up.
2 options for me to choose: 1 open it with some software 2 save it
I don't know how to open it even though I save it so I choose option 1 to open it.
After finish downloading, a list of files is extracted to the folder. But what should I do for those files? I am using Fedora core3, and am so new to linux
Old 02-13-2005, 05:14 AM   #2
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when the window shows you the content of the *.tar.gz file, then this is Ark, the unpack program. Here you can unpack the files to a folder where you want to have the content. In the extracted files there must be an installer like or something like this. And there should be a README where you can read how to install the software just downloaded.
But as you are using FC3 you can search the software at or and download an rpm. This can be installed by
rpm -ihv <name_of_package>.rpm
. The advantage of the rpm is that you can easily uninstall the software if you want...

Hope this helps.

Old 02-13-2005, 01:16 PM   #3
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.gz are zip files

u can open them by
$ gunzip filename.gz
Old 02-13-2005, 01:21 PM   #4
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thank you.
where do I type this command line?
Old 02-13-2005, 03:09 PM   #5
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At a command-line prompt. Name it a shell, a console, a terminal, a konsole, whatever (though they aren't exactly the same thing).
So, press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to a command-prompt (or from one of the menus select the 'terminal' option, I don't know exactly in FC), then type whatever you want.
If it's the case for a .tar.gz file, type 'tar -xzf filename.tar.gz'. If it's a .tar only file, skip the 'z' in the previous command. That should create a directory with almost the same name with the file you just unpacked. Type 'ls' to see what's the directory's name, then 'cd directory_name'. And you should find there a Readme file or something that you can figure out.
Old 02-13-2005, 04:35 PM   #6
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you can do it this way:

tar -xzvf *tar.gz


% x indicates that you're unpacking the file

% z indicates that it is a .gz (gunzip) file. IF THE END OF THE NAME IS .bz2, YOU HAVE TO USE "j" INSTEAD..

% v=verbose.. shows the process.

% f indicates the file..

After that, a directory will be created usually with the name of the file without ".tar.gz".

enter that directory and type "./configure"
it should configure your program.. if it doesn't work maybe there are some dependencies missing (such as libraries...)

if you see that configure worked, type "make", and when it's finished, type "make install".. so your program should be compiled and installed, friend..

sometimes the "./configure" is not necessary.. and sometimes you must unpack the file in a certain folder such as in the root partition folder (/)..
I had to do that with my wine..
just had to unpack it in the / folder and it was working..
just google for some information on that,ok?

hope it's useful for now..


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