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Old 02-17-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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how to install a tar archive in linux mint?

how do i install a tar archive in linux mint? any1?
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Originally Posted by Nokturnl View Post
how do i install a tar archive in linux mint? any1?
I think you need to unpack it and look inside for a file named README or INSTALL. And follow the instructions in it.
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allrite i'll try that
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If you don't know how to unpack and install a tar archive, here are a few couple you should know:

1. If the file extension is .tar.gz, it's a gzipped (compressed) archive. You can unpack the archive in two steps, first unzip then untar, or do it all in one step: tar -zxf <filename>.tar.gz. That will leave you with a folder named <filename> and the .tar.gz still intact.

2. In a terminal, cd into the new folder and look for README and INSTALL text files, or use your file browser to look at the files. They should have instructions on how to compile the application.
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Tar archive is, as the name says, an archive so you can't really "install" it. You can unpack it with "tar xvf something.tar" (or "tar xvzf something.tar.gz" if it's gzipped), or using a GUI (double clicking it or such). If it's the source code of a program that was archived, then you can (in most cases) install this program by 1) running the configure script, 2) compiling the program and 3) installing the program in the system. The README and INSTALL files will help you out here. (But it's basically "cd directory_name", "./configure", "make", "sudo make install".)
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its allrite i found a deb one of the same thing XD so its all good now. XD thank you for the reply's tho


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