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i am using Fedora and cant install a tar.gz download
can anyone explain how to do this in a very simple way


Edited by onthefarm, 22 August 2007 - 05:18 AM.

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Hi there onthefarm,

Extract the file to it's own directory. Look for the "read me". folow the instructions.

The general procedure is open a terminal in that directory(In KDE you can right click and go to actions and open a terminal. most installs require root access so in terminal type "su root" [no quotes]and then you need your password) Once in root type "./configure" (no quotes) once configured use the "./install" command.

Depending on the package you may need "./make" and "./makeinstall" also. The read me should let you know.
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The first thing you need to do is to extract the files, since it is compressed, you will need to uncompress it. The first thing I would do is to look at the files in it, to see if it is going to create a subdirectory or put the files in the current directory:

tar tzvf FILE

If it extracts to the current directory, create a new directory, cd to that directory, then extract the files by replacing the "t" to "x":

tar xzvf FILE

Then check out the files as mentioned above. There should be a README file, perhaps an INSTALL file and sometimes a script to install the files or configure/make type. It all depends on the package.
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