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After having installed Linux Suse a week ago, I still feel like a rookie. I was trying to install the following software program, thunderbird-1.0.2.tar.gz (A dreaded tarball). Can anyone give ...
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    Tarball installation, how?


    After having installed Linux Suse a week ago, I still feel like a rookie. I was trying to install the following software program,
    thunderbird-1.0.2.tar.gz (A dreaded tarball).

    Can anyone give me a detailed explanation on the exact procedure used to decompress and properly install a tarball file program? I'm not exactly that good at using Linux code, so please explain clearly.

    I did luck out and managed to get an RPM file program to install, but I should still know how to do the tarball method. Thanks.

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    To unpack a tarball, type this in a terminal/command line:

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    tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
    Usually you'll need to compile after you unpack, but I believe Thunderbird does not need to be compiled (correct me if I'm wrong). You should just be able to run it after you unpack it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulbrothax831
    Usually you'll need to compile after you unpack, but I believe Thunderbird does not need to be compiled (correct me if I'm wrong). You should just be able to run it after you unpack it.
    Higly depends, thunderbird release both binary and sourcecode...

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    tarball installation how?

    I typed what you said in the terminal command line and it didn't do anything. I downloaded the file and it's located in the /tmp file. I wouldn't know about compiling as I not even that far yet.

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    Download it to your user's home direcotry, usually /home/<username>

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    Ok, I finally got it figured out. It took a little time, but I at least understand now. Thanks for the help.

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    could you post what you did?

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    Greatis, what you need to do is download the thunderbird tarball to /home/username and then untar it with
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    tar xzvf thurderbird-filename.tar.gz
    once you have done this go into the new directory that han been created and click on the install-thunderbird file and the install should start.

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    Thunderbird

    There is no install-thunderbird file.. so what file to should i use to install

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    Re: Thunderbird

    Quote Originally Posted by krellmk
    There is no install-thunderbird file.. so what file to should i use to install
    Is there a thunderbird file that you can click?
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