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Old 08-31-2003, 01:36 AM   #1
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Unhappy Gzip

Hi all,

I am relativly new to Mandrake, I have used Smoothwall for some time but now also run Mandrake 9.1.

My question is I am having problems installing *.tar.gz files I downloaded gzip as I thought this might help but I must be missing the obvious or something, I mean KPackage does not seem to work. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-31-2003, 01:47 AM   #2
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You only want a *.tar.gz file if you mean to install from source.
tar xvzf filename.tar.gz
and check the readme or install file if you really want to install the source package.
Old 08-31-2003, 01:50 AM   #3
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i wasn't aware that kpackage could install tarballs.

usually with tarballs, you'll need to untar them and use the command line to install the program you're wanting to install. Usually the instructions for installing is in a file called "README" or "INSTALL" (no file extensions for either of those).

sometimes you can use the command line to also see if you can build rpms from the tarballs. that command is:

rpm -ta tarball_filename.tar.gz

i'm not familiar with mandrake or even if mandrake allows the last bit, but if mandy does, you'll need to find out where it stores built rpms.
Old 09-02-2003, 06:59 AM   #4
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Why, is instaling tarballs such a bastard under Linux then?
Old 09-02-2003, 09:20 AM   #5
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??? such as bastard?
whats so tough about it?
tar -zxvf file.tar.gz
cd file
su -c "make install"
you won't even realize your typing that after extracting and installing a few things....
and if you hate it that much, then just download rpms...


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