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Old 01-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
arthurmakowah
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Having trouble formating my memory card and other removable devices


how do you format your memory card, external hardrive or a slave drive in kubuntu 12.04.1? I tried everything but to no avail. It was very easy with Ubuntu 12.04. And how do i install tar.gz files?
 
Old 01-16-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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Everything is the exact same?

What have you tried in order to partition and make a file system on your devices? What errors are you hitting? What have you done to try and extract your tarballs?
 
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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You format a drive the same way as on any other Linux distro, using fdisk or parted. There are countless tutorials online.

A tar.gz file is like a zip file, it's just an archive. You can extract it with "tar -zxvf file.tar.gz", but beyond that you need to check the documentation to see how to install it, assuming it contains the source code for a program (look for a README or INSTALL file in the extracted directory). 9 times out of 10 the process goes something like:
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tar -zxvf file.tar.gz
cd <extracted directory>
./configure
make
make install
But you need to check the documentation to see if they do anything differently, or if you need to pass any arguments to configure.
 
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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well, i think i see the problem when im installing tar.bz2 or tar.gz files. In the terminal, whist installing tar.gz files, It says, "The program 'make' is currently not installed. So i have to install it via the apt-get install way, right? Still dont know how to format my removable storage devices. I will have to rely on fdisk
 
Old 01-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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You can either use apt-get to install the package you're ultimately interested in (assuming it's in the repository), or you can use apt-get to install make and any compilers that you might be missing, then retry building from source.
 
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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well, i think i see the problem when im installing tar.bz2 or tar.gz files. In the terminal, whist installing tar.gz files, It says, "The program 'make' is currently not installed. So i have to install it via the apt-get install way, right? Still dont know how to format my removable storage devices. I will have to rely on fdisk
I think install the group build-essential will get what you need to compile programs from source (either search your package manager for build-essential or do in terminal: sudo apt-get install build-essential). I would recomment though that you search the software available via your package manager to see what is avaliable.

What is the program you are trying to install?

You can install the same packages you used in Ubuntu into Kubuntu that formatted your drives.
 
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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thanks guys. I just formated my extenal hard drives as well as my usb flash. I was trying to install vlc player. I think i now know how
 
Old 01-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #8
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If you configure your software sources to include Cananoical Parters, you can just do: sudo apt-get install vlc

That is all I did in Ubuntu...
 
  


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