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Old 07-20-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Is it possible to install .tar.gz files on ubuntu

Is it possible to install apps that come as a .tar.gz file. I've tried many times with no success.
Old 07-20-2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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Firstly, please be aware that .tar.gz files are compressed archives of files and there are no restrictions on what types of files they can contain. With regards to software, they can thus contain precompiled binaries or source code. In either case, you should be able to install such software on your Ubuntu system. If you're trying to build software using the source code, you will necessarily need to have the build tools installed (as well as any dependencies that the software has). Are you having problems installing a particular piece of software? If so, what is the software and what are the problems you're having?
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Yes, you can. But what you must do depends on the contents of the .tar.gz file. Frequently, its contents are the sources of the software you want to install. In that case, it should be possible to install via the ./configure, ./make and ./make install commands. For this, you will need development tools and I don't know if Ubuntu has them in a standard install.

Often however, a tar.gz file carries an installation script that can often be run using ./install or something like that. You should read the README file that almost always comes with your download.

In any case, you can unpack the archive with tar xzvf the-name_of_your-package.tar.gz, read the README, INSTALLATION and other useful information textfiles and then you may know how to proceed, or what question to ask.

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