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    Installing .tar Files

    Hello, i am a complete noob using Linux and i just wanted to know how you would install programs that were downloaded in the .tar format.

    For example i downloaded Firefox 1.5 and the file that was downloaded was:


    This was downloaded on my XP computer.

    Thanks for the help

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    Linux User St. Joe's Avatar
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    I don't use Firefox, but bascially what is in the .tar file determines the installation method. So, the general procedure is to extract the file and view the 'Readme' or 'Install' text file for instructions.
    It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

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    Ok thanks for the tip

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    Trusted Penguin Dapper Dan's Avatar
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    Get it over to you Linux machine. Then:
    tar xvf mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-1.7.12-installer.tar
    That uncompresses its contents into a directory. Now you have to go inside that directory to run the installer...
    cd mozilla-installer
    ...or whatever the directory is called. Once inside, read the README or installation notes on how to do the installation. You'll likely have to go...
    I don't believe this will give you Firefox though. I believe this is the Mozilla web browser. To install Firefox, go here...

    ...and click on, "download Firefox."

    EDIT: Sorry St. Joe, I didn't see yours before I posted.
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    Installation Adobe

    Thanks Dapper, that was very helpful for me as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoOnFedora View Post
    Thanks Dapper, that was very helpful for me as well!
    Hello, and welcome to the forums!

    This thread is nearing 5 years old, so locking...

    Edit: for those that might need it, you can find more on installing software under Linux, here:
    Last edited by oz; 09-19-2010 at 06:48 PM.

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