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Old 09-11-2009, 06:58 AM   #1
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Unable to install softwares with ".tar.gz,.tar.bz2" extension

Dear friend,

The os i am using is RHEL5.
I have problem in installing software with the extension ".tar.gz" or".tar.bz2" .

First if we extract from a media ,how can we specify the destination folder"?
Is extracting by commands and with archival roller same?

After extracting what should we do to install?
Old 09-11-2009, 07:03 AM   #2
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tar.bz2 are compressed packages, not proper archive formats (most times, anyway). They can contain *anything*, just like a zip or a rar file. So you will have to look what's into it and act accordingly. Sometimes it's a binary package, sometimes it's source code that you will have to compile. Either way, you should be able to find an INSTALL or README file inside of it. Open it with a text editor and follow the instructions.
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Look at the tar man pages:

man tar
for information about command line options to untar. For .tar.gz files use:

tar -xvzf filename
and for .tar.bz2 files use:

tar -xvjf filename
Best way to untar to a specific directory is to go to that directory and then run the tar command from there, so if the tar file is tarfile.tar.gz and it's in the /home/user directory and you want to extract to the /tmp directory:

cd tmp
tar -xvzf /home/user/tarfile.tar.gz
Not sure about using the archive roller but I suspect that will work as well.

As to how you install the software it will depend upon the software so you'll need to check the site where you obtained it for instructions.
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Redhat distro installs or uses *.rpm packages. This means you should look for packages that have .rpm extensions. Or build it your self using "./configure" "make" "make install" commands inside the folder where the files were extracted from .tar.gz or tar.bz2 archives.

Read your RHEL5 documentations at /usr/doc/folders.

hope it helps.
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90 % of the tarballs i come across work like this
tar -xvjf *.tar.bz2
tar -xvzf *.tar.gz
cd <newly-created-directory>
./configure && make && sudo make install


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