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Old 10-02-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy .tar.gz or .zip package installation problem

many a times when i try to install a software in .tar.gz packages, it shows"dependancy required" or something like that. most of the times, i solved it at my own. but when i try to install softwares which needs building it, i stuck either in the process or even from the beginning of the commands. thus what i need is a another software or a package installer which itself identifies files, dependancies, and installation required commands and can install it at a single click(i know its too difficult buts its the problem i think every newbie in using linux finds difficult). i searched a lot on net but stuck only with some package installation programs which installs softwares successfully having listed in their database.
Old 10-02-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Hi there.

Which distro are you using? Please note that it's recommended to install packages from official repositories.
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There sould be a "Read Me" file or a "Install" that came with the .tar.gz for you to read and help you.

If your compiling from source and your getting the message about dependencies that means that the package (app) that you are installing is dependent upon other packages in order to operate/function properly.

There is an article under Tutorials> App.GUI/Multimedia called "Compiling Programs From Source" that will help you.
It is wise to obtain packages from the repositories that support your distro (like Sycamorex said) otherwise you could be taking a risk. For example I am running Debian 6.0.5 and I only obtain packages from the Debian supported repositories.
Or I use Synaptic Package Manager-

What distro are you using?
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without knowing just WHAT it is you are installing and on WHAT operating system ????????

It sounds like you ARE NOT reading the INSTALL and the README file .
or looking for a /doc folder in the source ( sometimes the instructions are there )
Nor are you reading the WEB SITE for this unnamed program(s) to find the build instructions .

Nor are you reading the output of "./configure -- help " ( not ALL programs use autotools)
And not problem solving the configure errors .

configure( if used) will give you an error if a dependency is not met
just install what is missing
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