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Old 04-22-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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i dont know how to install tar.gz files on my linux.

Hi. Im new linux and I have been trying to learn how to install programs and games on my linux. I did some searching through forums and did the commands to install but when I got the command " configure" I didnt work. So I really dont know what to do.
Old 04-22-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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Welcome to Linux and forums!

Here's good article on how to build and install applications from source:

Installing software from source in Linux
Old 04-22-2008, 03:55 PM   #3
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Any errors?

Usually all you have to do is:
tar xzf whatever.tar.gz
cd whatever
su -c 'make install'
You need to give us more info if you want some help.
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When I install programs, I usually read the REAME file that comes with a software. It usually has all the tricks/workaround/pre-requisites necessary to complete the installation. Look for it and it might have the solution you're looking for.
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I very often use checkinstall instead of make install, especially on Debian but it's available for many distro flavours. Just be sure to install checkinstall before you try the command. The main difference is that checkinstall will build a package (.deb or .rpm depending on the distro used), install it, and make the package manager aware of it so that you can later remove the package the traditional way with the package manager. It can also be helpful in case you want to reinstall it.
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I downloaded a tar.gz file into a directory I named dls but I dont know the right place to run those commands
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You need to uncompress and extract the archive first.

tar xfz file_here.tar.gz

I'd also recommend picking up a book on Linux basics from your local library or book store.
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Originally Posted by Josiah26 View Post
Hi. Im new linux and I have been trying to learn how to install programs and games on my linux.
This isn't an answer to the question that you asked, but you should note that the easiest (and usually the safest) way to find and install programs on your system is to use your distro's package manager.
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The way you did is installing from source. The easier way and the safer way, You should do it by synaptic package manager. But you should online first. If you insist to compile the source, you need follow like what maligree said (#3). The first step you need to do before configuring is read README file. There are a dependancies you need to install.

Hope this will help you


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