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Old 10-03-2003, 02:41 PM   #1
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Newcomer to Linux: installing tar.gz programs

Hi, I'm very new to the linux red hat environment. I need a little help on how to install a tar.gx file in the terminal window.
Old 10-03-2003, 02:51 PM   #2
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Go here: and click on the HOW-TO button on the left of the page, and then select the "install applications from a tarball" link.


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Old 10-03-2003, 02:51 PM   #3
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You need to untar the file you want to install with this command from

tar xvzf filename.tar.gz
Old 10-03-2003, 04:08 PM   #4
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you should read this:
Old 10-04-2003, 03:39 AM   #5
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My motto is, if you don't know something, Google it.

Aside from that ...

in general, when you have a question on a command, check the man page (for instance, type "man tar" at the terminal and hit enter)

Also, here are a couple good resources for linux commands:


Beginner's guide:
Old 10-04-2003, 09:23 AM   #6
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If you are using KDE, right click the file. In the menu there is then a choice, open file in archive viewer. Then right click any of the shown files. The menu you then see has an option select all. Do that.
Then unpack all the files to another directory of your own making. ie click on extract to: (here I create a directory just for the purpose, there is an option, create new directory)
Then go to that directory, and open a terminal in it. (Right click, choose open terminal here)
Then you go , in the terminal, ./configure. There are some options open here, so best read the readme first, if there is one. Some things don't have a configure file, so try make, but check first that there is a makefile.
Then enter (in the terminal) make install.
This works. Don't know why. Linux cracks do all this in terminals very cryptically, but I can't .
Old 10-04-2003, 09:25 AM   #7
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tar -cf archive.tar foo bar # Create archive.tar from files foo and bar.
tar -tvf archive.tar # List all files in archive.tar verbosely.
tar -xf archive.tar # Extract all files from archive.tar.
Old 10-04-2003, 09:32 AM   #8
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rpmbuild -ta XXXXX. tar.gz
is supposed to work

man rpm build

never tryed it tho


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