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Old 12-24-2005, 11:11 AM   #1
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.tgz ... is it just that simple?

I am comfortable with un-tarring with terminal. However I am confusing my self with the tgz files.

I am trying to install OpenOffice from Linuxpackages and am wondering if there is a specific action that I should take.

When I uncompressed it via
tar xvf
it created three folders; install - opt - usr. Now do I need to uncompress it to a specific path? And I cant find a configure option?

Any ideas?
Old 12-24-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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The .tgz files from are pre-built packages for Slackware. You install them with "installpkg filename.tgz" (as root of course). Edit: if you're not using Slack, these aren't for you.

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Old 12-24-2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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The .tgz extension is a touch confusing. As Nylex said, the ones at are Slackware packages. However, some people do use .tgz as short hand for .tar.gz, which are not Slackware packages. The reality is you have to pay attention to what your downloading.
Old 12-26-2005, 11:07 PM   #4
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I dont know much about slackware packages but most of the .tgz packages on the net are indeed tar.gz, best way to uncompress them is:
$ mkdir folder_of_your_choice
$ mv package.tgz folder_of_your_choice/
$ cd folder_of_your_choice/
$ tar -xvzf package.tgz
Old 12-26-2005, 11:10 PM   #5
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how do you tell? Why doesn't slackware pick a different extension? Does the slackware package management system really just untar the packages?

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Old 12-27-2005, 12:11 AM   #6
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The slackware package management system is just that -- a package management system. One-command install, uninstall, upgrade, et cetera.

Trust me, we Slackers can do our own simple untarring without additional programs


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