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How do I use a .tar.gz file in Windows


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tomdrayson

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I have downloaded a software application for Windows as a .tar.gz file, which was the only available download. I have extracted this file, but there are no .exe or .dll files inside it, just a load of files with no extension, and some ending in .in, .am, .h, .c, .m4 for example which I have no idea how to use. What do I have to do to get a useable program from the contents?

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what program are ou talkinging about and where did you get it?
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The program in question is LAME, for encoding some of my CDs to MP3 for my Sony MP3 player. I used to have a version of it with lame_enc.dll and lame.exe, but these are not present in the extracted tar.gz file - which is straight from their website.

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Edited by tomdrayson, 10 May 2007 - 02:27 PM.

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the LAME.tar.gz is a source package. You need a development environment installed like Visual C to compile the source code using the makefile.msvc. The "install" file (plain text should open in notepad) has a list of free compilers for Windows.

Here Is what you are looking for. Its already compiled and there are several versions.
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Right OK thanks for that. So is it supposed to be common knowledge how to compile source code? I read around the LAME website and in the forums and I couldn't find anything helpful. Ah well, it's working now, thanks again.
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I ran into the same problem. I found out that for legal reasons, the party you've downloaded the file from cannot give out the DLL file. They have to give it out as a source code, an thus for "educational" reasons. It is up to you to compile it. If you look it up on the net, you should find the DLL file. However, be wary of fake sites that may have an infected version.
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