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    how do i install programms?


    how do i install programs when they aren't RPM"s?

    I need to install one that ends tar.gz
    ok i know that this is a' zip' type file

    I need to install one that ends .bin

    Where and how do i do this?
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    for .tar.gz:

    tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
    cd filename -(notice no .tar.gz!!)
    ./configure
    make
    su
    make install


    for .bin:
    sh filename.bin


    Those are only very generic guidelines, you should check the documentation of the software for 100% accurate install details.

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    would that work for most programmes tho?
    i honestly dont like the tar.gz files (i think they are a pain in the glutimus maximus to install)
    Thanks v much

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    that is a general guide, like i say though, every bit of software is different so taking 5 mins to read the install instructions will proberly save your a lot of time and headaches

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    source installs are the best. I say this because my previous experience with a package manager (rpm) is pure crap.

    there is nearly alwase a README or INSTALL file bundled in with that program's code. read that for a more detailed instruction on installing that app, in general tho,
    ./configure && make
    su (if not already root)
    make install

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    ok, i've read your how too's and the syntax is spinning in my head
    time to start fumbling around probably figure it out
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    Ok coooool! it all worked .

    Now how do i create a link (shortcut to the exacutable file)

    Ok so i can't spell..
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    in X windows you mean?

    Which Desktop KDE / GNOME / Other?

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    Right click on the Kmenu icon at the bottom left and choose menu editor. A new window will open up with your menu in it, and you will have "new" buttons at the top.

    Jason

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