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Old 01-28-2005, 11:08 AM   #1
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Getting access to directories when extracting TAR

Hello all,

I am an absolutely Linux newbie, so apologies ahead of time if this is an obvious question. I really, really want to like Linux, but so far I've hit enough snags that I'm bit discouraged. Here's my first of several questions.

I'm trying to improve the look of my fonts by installing version 2.1.9 of FreeType. I got the file freetype-2.1.9.tar.gz off of a server and tried to follow the instructions given in a FAQ but couldn't get off first base. When I tried to extract the file to /usr/local/src I got an error message telling me I didn't have access to that directory. Is this because I do not log on with root privileges by default? If so, how do I get logged on with root privileges. Or what else do I need to do to get access to this directory?

Sorry again if this is too basic, but sometimes with Linux the community just assumes some very basic stuff and it's not all that easy to find.


Old 01-28-2005, 11:27 AM   #2
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logs you in as root.
compile the stuff in your home directory if you don't want to be root to do it. You'll probably get better font results using a true type font server.
Old 01-28-2005, 11:32 AM   #3
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>> You'll probably get better font results using a true type font server. <<

Does that mean I should use something other than FreeType? I thought this was a true type font server as long as one uncomments the line:



Better option?


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