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Old 03-25-2004, 02:56 AM   #1
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Installing From cd

Hi there folks -

Is there someone out there that can pls help me preferably with a walkthrough on getting stuff off a cd onto my computer ?
I think this process is called , installing from Tarballs...

e.g. I have a Cd that I want to extract a guide...

As there are many different tools and help manuals . The this file that I would like to reference to - the name of the file , and location on CD is at

HELP AdvancedBashScriptingGuide

under this directory is the following six files....

abs-guide-2.3.tar.bz2 (in red writing)
abs-guide-2.3.tar.bz2 (in black writing)
abs-guide.html.tar.gz (in red writing)
screenshot.png ( in pinkish writing)
screenshot_thumb.png (in pinkish writing)

Where do I go from here - A step by step would be much appreciated..

As all i want to do is check out the (AdvancedBashScriptingGuide)

Thanks soo much for your time gang.. sevvy8
Old 03-25-2004, 06:25 AM   #2
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You can extract tarballs (.tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 and so on) using the tar command. tar only archives files - puts several files and/or directories together in a single file - so if compression is needed you have to use gzip or bzip2 to compress the tar file - hence the .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 file extensions.

tar extracts to the current directory by default and you can't extract to the CD, so we'll create a temporary directory in our home directory: mkdir ~/abs-files, then hop into that directory: cd ~/abs-files. Now let's extract the files, starting with the bzipped file: tar xfvj /whatever/the/path/is/abs-guide-2.3.tar.bz2
Some prefer using a hyphen before the options to tar but I recommend you do not since you then have to keep in mind in what order to put them. Here I used xfvj: x for extract, f for file, v for verbous (lists the files and directories as they are extracted), and j for bzip2 compression. You will most probably find a directory with the extracted files.

To extract the .tar.gz simply type tar xfvz /wherever/the/file/is/abs-guide.html.tar.gz (here the z indicates gzip compression).



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