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Old 09-25-2003, 01:39 PM   #1
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How to Install tar, zip, rpm file?

I downloaded different themes from, different files have different extensions, like, themefile2.tar.gz, themefile3.rpm , themefile4.tar
What is the difference between these files and how can I install them?
Old 09-25-2003, 01:49 PM   #2
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.zip == standard zip compression, like WinZIP. "unzip filename" should pop it open.
.tar.gz == gzipped tar file. "tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz" will pop it.
.tar == regular tar file. "tar -xvf filename.tar" will open this one.

Tar *used* to be primarily for backing things up to tape. Anymore, it's mostly used to turn a whole pile of files (like a directory) and make them one file.

gzip and zip are just different compression methods.

tar.gz is the most common one you'll run into.

.rpm is RedHat's package manager (rpm, get it?) SuSE, Mandrake and some others use it too. "rpm -i filename.rpm" should install it.
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# Guides to software management
LNAG - How do I install a program I downloaded from the Internet?
Rute Guide's software explanation
You might want to check out CheckInstall to manage source code installations/uninstallation
Old 09-25-2003, 02:37 PM   #4
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you may also come across filename.tar.bz2
extract its files with
tar jxfv filename.tar.bz2
Old 09-25-2003, 04:12 PM   #5
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Thanks everybody!!
Do i have to install rpm file after doing command
rpm -i filemane.rpm
that's all, or I have to rum, confifure, install after that?
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thats all you have to do, most of them even put a link in your $PATH so you can usually launch it by just typing the name of the program.


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