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hi Jim. Well, no progress with tarballs. the link was to "Installing software from source code".
Aren't tarballs something else.
Not having much success with the old bitumenballs, although I haven't had unlimited time for research.
If anyone knows anywhere else where there even might be a complete description of what to do with them once you've got 'em, please, drop me a link?
I'm doing well on several other fronts, and looking forward to giving help, as well as receiving.
Certainly at the stage now of great admiration for Linux's QUALITY.
My computer is beginning to feel like a computer, and not just a Mcrsft Outlet.
Some tarballs include source code. Others may include binaries. You need to extract the contents of the tarball (usually to a folder) and examine the contents. There is usually a README or other text file that will explain how to proceed. When you download a tarball the site from which you download will usually make clear whether or not it is source code. It is rarely necessary to use tarballs of any kind to install software on Mandriva, since there are thousands of software packages available in the Mandriva repo's.
... You need to extract the contents of the tarball (usually to a folder) and examine the contents. There is usually a README or other text file that will explain how to proceed....
I did find an extracted version of one of them, and found readme, and it said, for linux, so simple, just run ./configure --with-mp4v2 , su root, sudo make install
Results - no such file, command not found.
Not that I'm expecting to be spoonfed, just lettin you know where I am with what no doubt are extremely plain and simple instructions.
I'm off to repositories.
Originally Posted by jkerr82508
"... You need to extract the contents of the tarball (usually to a folder) and examine the contents. There is usually a README or other text file that will explain how to proceed...."
OK: From the top.
I have a tar file in Home. or home.
I have extracted it in same directory and it is there as a normal looking folder.
I have examined its entrails.
(looking for what in windows would be the .exe file which I would maybe link to the desktop, or run program right there by clicking .exe file.)
But so far, no good. No relevant readme either.
I get the feeling that tarfiles are somewhat disapproved of by the Linux users, but I can't get a similar program (kastrolog) from repositories,
and if anyone could help me to get at this bitumenized download, I may never download one again.
I seem to have my own thread going on here - if no-one ever arrives out here in Tarball Territory, I may make this my own little blog on the delights of tarball collecting.