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Old 05-22-2005, 05:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy How can I install a .tar file in Linux?

I am a new user on Linux..Ưn windows I always use winrar but in Linux I dont know what can I do!...
For example...
BurnIT-1.0.6.tar..How can I use this tar file? or how can I install a file in linux..
Who can help me? Please step by step....
Old 05-22-2005, 05:49 AM   #2
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You don't install a tar file. You untar it first
If this is just tar not tar.gz or tar.bz2 try something like:

tar -xvf <tar_file>
Old 05-22-2005, 06:01 AM   #3
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Here is a link that will give you a big picture of how to install software from tar files.

Hope this helps.
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I added a three obvious steps to the link's list. ( And one less obvious )
1. tar xvzf foo.tar.gz
2. cd foo
2b. less README
2c. less INSTALL
3a. ./configure --help
( for some installs displays options )
3b. ./configure
4. make
5. su
5. make install

The requirements and some options that you may want should be mentioned.
For some installations, you can also check for options with
./configure --help

For some like "par2" there is a "make test" step that can test whether the binaries and libraries work properly.
For best results, start off as a normal user. I have a directory in my home directory called 'downloads' where I download, extract and compile tarballs. The "su" command is needed before the make install command. For some installations, using "su -" will cause problems because a tool isn't in the root's path. That's why I recommended starting out as a normal user. If there is a DOC or doc directory, check for "*.texi" files.
These are the source files for texinfo. You can produce nice looking documents for printing by cd'ing into this directory and running: tex foo.texi
You might need to run this command more than once to set up the index.

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