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Old 04-12-2002, 06:41 AM   #1
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opera install successful -slackware 8.0

i have just installed my first software on slackware 8- opera browser from precompiled binaries with kde window manager.install pocedure- opera tar.gz file

2.created directory /username/dir

3.used archiver to extract opera file into created directory

4.logged out and logged back in as root

5.cut the created opera file and pasted in /usr directory

6.opened a terminal, typed -cd /usr/opera-5.0-static.i386

7.typed -ls

8.created a file, next , installed the precomiled opera binary with next instructions

9../ -s

10.closed terminal, right click on desktop, clicked on rum command, typed in opera. - opera successfully installed.

11. got the icom from the k menu and dragged and copy

couple of questions-does the archiver procedure untar the tar.gz opera file, and do i install other tar.gz software the same way . thanks ronss

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Old 04-12-2002, 11:47 AM   #2
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here's a quick answer, no.. you might not install all tar.gz file the same way. it is going to depend on the program. always look at the README and INSTALL files that come along with a package and 100% of the time, they will tell you how to install.
That's great you installed and got Opera working.. your now probably in the upper half of linux users since some don't know how or never installed a tarballed package...
Old 04-12-2002, 11:57 AM   #3
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.tar.gz files are the Linux equivalent (but of course, much better ) of the Windows' .zip file. Nice an ubiquitous. It is simply a zipped, compressed file that may contain absolutely anything.

The best answer is to extract the file manually and see what's inside:

mkdir ~/files
cd ~/files
tar -zxpvf /wherever/you/downloaded/the/file.tar.gz
cd programsname

The above will:

make the directory /home/yourusername/files
move to the directory /home/yourusername/files
ungzip/tar the file, and normally create a subdir of same name
list the files in /home/yourusername/files
move into the aforementioned subdir of ~/files
list the files in home/yourusername/files/programsname

If the .tar.gz file was source code, then there will almost always be two files called README and INSTALL (normally in capitals aswell). You should read these very carefully.

Normally, if it was source code, the instructions would be:

su root (then type root's password)
make install
exit (leaves from root user)

Normally programs with the .tar.gz extension are source code. Binary packages in .tar.gz format are not the rule, they are the exception. Binary packages are usually for RH/Deb based systems and so come in .rpm or .deb format.
Old 04-12-2002, 06:21 PM   #4
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great. will print out some the info provided here in the responses.i sort of figured if i put enough effort into the file management process i would figure it out some day. made up my mind that linux was not going to defeat me!


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