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i JUST FINISHED READING SOFTWARE HOW-TO, BUT i THINK i NEED MORE EXAMPLES OF THIS. ANYONE KNOW A GOOD SOURCE ON INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM TARBALLS INSTEAD OF RPM'S OR DEBS....
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    i JUST FINISHED READING SOFTWARE HOW-TO, BUT i THINK i NEED MORE EXAMPLES OF THIS.

    ANYONE KNOW A GOOD SOURCE ON INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM TARBALLS INSTEAD OF RPM'S OR DEBS.

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    Well, the four basic steps are:
    1. ./configure
    2. make
    3. make install
    4. make clean (optional)

    Always read the README and the INSTALL files that come with the tarball. Once that's done, you might want to check out the available options by running './configure --help | less' This will give you an idea of the options available. I honestly can't say that you need to know anything more than the things I just desribed when installing from source as opposed to packages like RPMs or debs.
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    Has your caps lock key stuck or something?
    Anyway, the tarball can be extracted using "tar -xvzf <file>" if it's a .tar.gz or .tgz, or "tar -xvjf <file>" if it's a .tar.bz2. I just wanted to clarify that, otherwise do as bpark says.

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