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Old 04-16-2003, 02:14 PM   #1
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how can i install packages ??


hi , i'm not realy new to this but... i never realy had to exact files and install them untill now,

i got some files downloaded in the .tar.gz file

and i extract them to a file , but how can i run / install the program ?

i downloaded amsn and eicq from freshmeat.net

but i have no idea how to install and run them

and by the way if i'm right a network between linux and an windows operating system won't work or does it ?
because they both cant find each other

well already great thanx for the one who helps me out
 
Old 04-16-2003, 02:50 PM   #2
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tar xvzf <file>

cd <into the dir created>

in there should be INSTALL and/or README files- type

cat INSTALL

or more INSTALL to read them - they should give you complete step-by-steps


don't know the apps mentioned, but if standard, you only need to, in the created dir:

./configure
make
su
make install
 
Old 04-16-2003, 02:52 PM   #3
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To install tar.gz packages
1) extract "tar -xzf package.tar.gz"
2) Look for instructions in "README" or "INSTALL". If none - try
3) usually "./configure"
4) "make"
5) "make test" (this may not be a valid command all the time)
6) "make install"

As for making linux talk to windows - Neither speak marsian but there are numerous ways to transfer files between the 2.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 03:16 PM   #4
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sorry but what do you mean with ./configure ?
i need the details of that because i can't find it
and i did read the install wasn't much use .... ( ecpecialy when i'm new to it i don't get that language i got the part with command only not totaly... didn't knew the ending and what kind of shortcut ect. )

it's very hard because i got used to the windows operating system
and i never installed anyprograms with linux

and does anybody know collige linux? ( if yes does it has an auto update somewear ? )

it's just that i switched from an other operating system i had the most linux which is most used any way
 
Old 04-16-2003, 03:21 PM   #5
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You will need to be logged in as root and cd'ed to the directory that the files were extracted to.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 05:17 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by razod
sorry but what do you mean with ./configure ?
in a terminal (all text, no pretty pictures - it may be called 'console' or 'konsole' or xterm, etc.):

1) change directories by typing "cd" followed by the name of the directory. hit "enter"

2) type a period, type a forward slash, then type the word "configure" -- all with no spaces.

it will look like this:

$./configure

3) hit the "enter" key


hope that is simple enough for a m$ user
(who says m$ isn't harmful to ones health?)
 
Old 04-16-2003, 07:05 PM   #7
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Like he said, just punch in ./configure and let 'er rip. As soon as it quits, you may need to follow it with a make install or something. Don't forget the ./ though.

Last edited by lectraplayer; 04-16-2003 at 07:07 PM.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 07:13 PM   #8
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Use the following. Commands are in quotation marks, but the quotation marks should not be typed:

"tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz"
(where filename.tar.gz is the actual name of the file you downloaded)

"cd filename"

(where filename is the directory containing the extracted files...usually the names are the same. Ex: test.tar.gz will extract to a directory named test)

"su -"
(This will ask you for your root password. Type it and press enter)

"./configure"
"make"
"make install"


That should install most software. Sometimes running "./configure" will produce an error that something is missing. Normally you can download what is missing, or install it from your distribution's install CD.

Another note is that you can do more than one command at a time. For example: "./configure; make; make install" will do all 3 commands, one after another. This is helpful when you know you're going to be eating or taking a dump and want all of the commands to execute while you're gone. If there is a problem running one of the commands everything will stop where the error occurred.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 09:33 PM   #9
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As far as having Linux and Windows talk to each other check out SAMBA http://us1.samba.org/samba/samba.html
 
Old 04-18-2003, 04:05 PM   #10
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I think Samba comes with most distros though. If you don't have it, you can always go www.samba.org .
 
Old 04-18-2003, 05:15 PM   #11
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ok i will check it out
thanx atleast i can download some usefull stuff now
 
Old 04-18-2003, 10:16 PM   #12
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That's why we're here.
 
  


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