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Old 11-16-2004, 10:02 PM   #1
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Very Simple Guide to Installing Tarballs

Okay, can anyone give a very very very simple and straightforward guide to installing a program from a source tarball?
I am very very new to this and dont understand anything about linux, from forums Ive read, this seems to cause people so many problems when just staring out.
I think if someone wrote a really simple guide in really plain laguage and posted it somewhere it would really help people out starting out.
As a newbie, I have to say it is very confusing going from the safe world of .exe point and click installs to the crazy world of tarballs, I could see how it could put some people off.
Also, does anyone know if there is a program available to automate the whole process? Sort of like an autoinstaller, this would be great for people coming in from windows.

Okay, Thanks
Old 11-16-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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download the tarball
change direcectory to the directory of the tarball and untar it
cd /path/to/tarballs/directory
to untar a .tar file
tar xvf filename.tar
to untar and ungzip a tar.gz or .tgz file
tar zxvf filename.tar.gz
to untar and unbzip a tar.bz2 file
tar jxvf filename.tar.bz2
the tarball will extract into the current directory, usually making a new direcory with the contents of the tarball in into the directory the tarball extracted to.
Generally, this is not absolute, but generally from here you will
make install
If all goes well, the program is compiled and installed.

have fun,

Last edited by linux_terror; 11-16-2004 at 10:22 PM.


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