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Old 02-15-2005, 09:44 PM   #1
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Need help installing tarballs

i can't understand how to use the terminal to install tarballs. right now i am trying to install the gtkpod but it came as a tarball and the rpm doesn't work. please help.thanks
Old 02-15-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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There is a sticky thread for this topic somewhere. Anyway to give you a brief outline, do

1)$tar -xvjf package.tar.bz2 (if it's compressed using bz2)
$tar -zxvf package.tar.gz (if it's compressed with gzip)
2)$cd package (change your working directory to the extracted package)
3)do the following
#make install (# means as root)

This may not work on all packages so you have to make sure you read the documentation before attempting to install anything.
Old 02-15-2005, 11:13 PM   #3
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I cheat on tar files, I just press ENTER on the file using Midnight Commander and then simply copy the enclosed directory to where I want it. Then goto the dirctory and do the normal:

make install

(normally antways).


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