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Old 10-05-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Hey guys soz to bother ya's yet again lol. I have installed Zenwalk 3 n it is the best distro i have ever used. Im real noob to linux n im runnin an old dell optiplex G1 "450Mhz pentium 2,320MB RAM:P,5 gig hdd"......Cutting to the chase.........

I have downloaded a few packages that i want to install, i know there is a netpkg proggie to help with this but i dont think it has the packages i want. So i have downloaded amsn for slackware linux seeing that zenwalk was built from slackware or something.......

I have downloaded wine and amsn in tgz format. I have tried to install these using the pkgtool but it didnt install.

Once i have extracted these i have a folder called "install" and in that folder there is file.

Basically my question is how can i install this through the command line?

If anyone could help it will be greatly appreciated.

Old 10-06-2006, 12:49 AM   #2
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I believe that most .tar.gz files will untar to an install folder, and there will usually be a README file of some sort with instructions on installing. The sounds like a likely candidate, but you'll need to see if the execute bit is set, among other things. Look for a README or INSTALLING or something to that effect and read what's there. Optionally, you could take a look at and see if you can figure out what it's doing, but it may be hard to tell easily if there are any parameters you might need to supply to the program.
Old 10-07-2006, 07:03 AM   #3
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pkgtool should have done the trick.... it donesn't print any message on success... did you try to launch amsn/wine ?
try (as root):
installpkg [path/to/packagename.tgz] is used after install... basically installpkg/pkgtool do:
cd /
tar xf /path/to/packagename.tgz (without installing "install" directory)
execute install/


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