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Old 05-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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First compile and make - where?

I am about to decompress a source file $$$.tar file?
In what place do you decompress a tarball?
I do know that I will be entering ./configure, make.

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:54 PM   #2
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Is your only question: What directory the file is going to?

Or are you asking: What commands will be entered, what directory, and how to configure?

Because at first glance, it just seems that you want to know the directory, but I gotta hunch you may want info on all of it.

I also am pretty new to this so am not 100% sure on actions,commands, or tech. terms.
I know youtube has a few tutorials on how to do this, but that may not be relevant to you but here's one if you wanna give it a look anyways: HERE
Old 05-24-2011, 12:30 AM   #3
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You uncompress the tar archive anywhere you want.

Say you downloaded file.tar.gz into ~/Downloads/
If you 'tar xzvf file.tar.gz' it will extract it into it's own directory ( in this case called file probably)
So you'll then have ~/Downloads/file/ <-- this is where the contents are

Cd into ~/Downloads/file/ and this is where you use configure, make, and make install to install it.

After installation, you may want to keep this folder around incase you want to uninstall it. You can move it to another location for safe keeping. Or if you don't want it, you can just delete it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
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Wink Your home directory

Make a folder in your home directory. For some added context, open your home directory with Nautilus or Dolphin or whatever using a (gui mouse method) click veiw at the top of the window and select (show hidden files).
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