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I downloaded some programs from the net that are in a installer.tar.gz format. How do I make these programs run?...
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- 04-02-2005 #1
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- Apr 2005
I downloaded some programs from the net that are in a installer.tar.gz format. How do I make these programs run?
- 04-02-2005 #2
- Join Date
- Mar 2005
- Northern Ireland
Check the website where you got the software from; look for install documentation etc... In a nutshell source files provided in tar.gz format need to be uncompressed, configured, compiled and installed.
So first off uncompress the software:
$ gunzip -cd software.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
But basically after you uncompress the software you run this sequence:
$ ./configure $ make $ su # make install
e.g. a good example is ./configure --prefix=/my/install/path to install the software into /my/install/path
make will compile the softare up; make install (as root) will install the software.
Make sure to note the ouput from each command, e.g. if ./configure doesn't work then make ain't gonna work etc... You'll need to have a compiler installed (gcc is the usual suspect) and make utilities ; and if the software needs extra stuff you don't have ./configure will tell you.
- 04-02-2005 #3Originally Posted by dtodd
tar xzvf filename.tar.gz
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