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Old 12-05-2008, 03:54 AM   #1
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How to install packages downloded from sorceforge in my system?

How to install a new package in Linux?

In XP, just cliking the setup.exe does everything.

If there a common procedure availble, please post.
Old 12-05-2008, 04:04 AM   #2
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If you could post what distribution you are using, it will be helpful.
Distros have different package managers and support different package types. If you are using Debian or its variants you will be able to install packages that are in .deb format. If you have red hat based distros you can install packages in rpm format.
But as you mentioned in subject that you downloaded from sourceforge, there is a good possibility that package is in .tar.gz or .tgz format.
Just download them to a specific location and cd to that location. Use tar command to unzip and untar the package .
You will find configure script in the directory. Run the script. If everything goes fine, run make and sudo make install.
Old 12-05-2008, 04:05 AM   #3
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Each project is different. Usually, there's a README file or in INSTALL file that explains what you should do.

Old 12-05-2008, 04:17 AM   #4
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Personally, when you're very new, I think, that unless absolutely necessary, you should stick w/ whats in your distributions repositories.

What program did you download from sourceforge, and what distribution are you using.

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It depends on the package format. The package format may be in .rpm, .gz,........and the process will different.........
Old 12-22-2008, 09:16 AM   #6
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I am using PUPPYLINUX and the package I tried to install - EMC2. PUPPYLINUX is SLACKWARE based distribution.

Being a non-software person, it was really a thrilling experience to install PUPPYLINUX in a hard drive without losing any of my data.

Though I have used UBUNTU 8.04 which comes with emc2, I am interested to run this package in PUPPYLINUX

Enhanced Machine Controller(PenguinCNC) which is in tar archive.

I read some books/manuals/all forms reference materials.... and not yet succeeded.
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Did you download a Slackware package or is that source code??If its a slack package you install with installpkg command..but the package may have other dependencies that need to be installed to.If its source code..extract and read the install and read me..Typically it's...
make install
But read the readme and install

Just to add..never used i dont know if they have a package manager slack-get..

Last edited by stratotak; 12-22-2008 at 09:44 AM.
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if its from sourceforge the chance is that its source code

typicaslly ending in .tar.gz (analogous to .zip in windows)

tar xfvz pakagename.tar.gz to unzip it into a folder

cd into that folder
then run
./configure if this terminates with an error post the last few lines otherwise continue

make (add -j3 if you are on a dual core, -j5 for a quad, etc)

then as root run
make install

that should install it totally for you


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