Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-16-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2007
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
How do I uncompile .tar files

Im a newbie.
I am trying to fix my cdrom and dvd player so I can use them. I have searched for files on the internet and I downloaded xmms 1.2.10.tar.gz now I need to know the three commands,( I think it is 3) that you use to decompress and install the program. I looked all over this site to see if anyone had asked this yet, didnt find one. I was told all linux distributions come with broke multimedia because of copywrite laws. I just need to know how to fix it, and please treat me like I dont know anything, I dont when it comes to linux. I am using suse 9.3 on a dell laptop latitude 110l with 500 megs of ram.
Old 01-16-2007, 02:55 PM   #2
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 128

Rep: Reputation: 16
tar xzvf tarfile
cd to new dir
make install
Old 01-16-2007, 02:55 PM   #3
LQ 5k Club
Registered: Aug 2005
Distribution: OpenSuse, Fedora, Redhat, Debian
Posts: 5,397
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908Reputation: 908
tar zxvf yourTarFile-1.2.3.tar.gz

As always, consult your local man page:

man tar

--- rod
Old 01-16-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I was told all linux distributions come with broke multimedia because of copywrite laws.
No, that is not the case with all distributions, but most of them. Basically if you create a distribution for yourself, nobody would even know if you made it include all the codecs right out of the box (for example).

Anyway, first of all you should use your distributions package manager to install XMMS (for example that program). It is a lot easier, and if XMMS has dependencies (other software it needs, but is not installed yet), package manager will download and install them too. Your distribution's package manager should be found in the menus, under "System" or "Configure" or something; here are a few examples:

- RedHats/Fedora (nowadays) uses usually yum
- Debian uses apt
- SuSE uses YaST to handle software updates and installations (use it!)
- Archlinux uses pacman
- ...

That is the preferred way. If you intend to compile software, there are surely tons of documentation about how it is done. Search again

Even for installing software under SuSE using YaST is documented. There are probably numerous posts here at LQ. Search again

Basically I think (haven't used SuSE, but..correct me) you just open YaST, from within it somekind of package management or software updates or something like that, you should find a list of available programs there, click one you desire (XMMS) and apply changes. That's the procedure, rudely, almost on any graphical package tool. YaST has documentation too, so refer to it. XMMS should include mp3 etc. support, but it's available on the net too (check their site
Old 01-16-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
Registered: Jun 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Distribution: Slackware64 , OS X , OpenBSD
Posts: 56

Rep: Reputation: 15

$tar -zxvpf NameOfFile.tar.gz
$cd NameOfFile
$less README
Make sure you look at the README file. This will show you how to install. I have xmms-1.2.8 the install instructions are as follows:
$cd xmms-1.2.8
$make install
Always read the README file be before installing any new programs
Old 01-16-2007, 03:15 PM   #6
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 671Reputation: 671Reputation: 671Reputation: 671Reputation: 671Reputation: 671
If you have a distro that was downloaded, the version of xmms, audacity, xine, mplayer, etc. may not support mp3 or dvd playback. Often there is a repository that you want to use to install these programs instead. If you can add this source to your installation program, e.g. YaST2 in SuSE, you could have the dependencies resolved for you automatically. If you have an RPM based distro, you could go the the website; select your distro in the advanced search; select other as well for your distro; and search for a package such as xmms. The link to the package is probably a full repository, which you can add as a source.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
a tough question 4 u, problem in extracting tar & tar.gz files p_garg Linux - General 5 11-08-2010 11:02 AM
BackUp & Restore with TAR (.tar / .tar.gz / .tar.bz2 / tar.Z) asgarcymed Linux - General 5 12-31-2006 02:53 AM
tar -zxvf foo.tar.gz creates all .gz files prophoto Linux - General 11 11-09-2006 06:27 PM
how to install and src.rpms and tar.gz files gadekishore Linux - Software 1 10-12-2005 08:09 PM
cant install .bin files, tar.gz files or anyother format!!! madskillz Linux - Newbie 4 10-05-2003 10:28 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:25 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration