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Old 11-10-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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Unhappy install .tgz files

how can i install .tgz form software in ubuntu??
Old 11-10-2006, 07:10 PM   #2
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typically after you untar and uncompress the file, the way to install is to cd into the folder and do this:

su <password>
make install
Old 11-10-2006, 07:32 PM   #3
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Well, if it's a Slackware tgz he somehow ended up with, it'd be different. Assuming it is a source tarball then, yeah, the configure/make/makeinstall dance is the usual route, but I'd just say to try 'less README INSTALL' and/or './configure --help | less' first in case there are more details you need or more control you want to exercise.

Having said all that, with Ubuntu, I gather folks like to install pre-built packages and you would only be installing from source for specific reasons. If you don't have one, you might look for a package instead.
Old 11-11-2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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Agreed with the person above.

You should look to see if you can install the software via apt-get...
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As digiot said it may be .tgz (as in Slackware package) or an abbreviation of .tar.gz which might mean compiling from source. Hard to say without knowing exactly what you've downloaded.

The cleanest way to maintain ubuntu would be using debs, preferably from a recognized repository, installed through your usual package manager . Alien can convert .tgzs (the Slackware kind) to debs, although Slackware packages that do not already exist in deb form would be few and far between. If you need to do a source install it might be useful to google 'checkinstall'.


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