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22-05-2002, 07:06 AM
Is there a linux utility available to install tar.gz
packages.I have the package in my /home directory

22-05-2002, 08:52 AM
The .gz means the file is gzipped. The .tar means it is a (tape) archive file. You need to unzip and untar it. I normally copy such files to /tmp and unpack them there.
tar xzvf nnnnn.tar.gz should do the trick.

From there, you will need to cd to whatever directory it created & check out the INSTALL docs. Generally speaking, you will want it ./configure, make, make install ... but READ the docs first.

22-05-2002, 03:48 PM
You can quite safely expand in your home directory (usually): most tarballs will create a directory with its own name and do the expanding in that new directory.

Check first: 'tar tvzf name.tar.gz' will give you a directory of the files in the archive.

After you have expanded it (and read the document files) you might have to 'su' to be able to install it if it's a 'general access' utility and will be installed anywhere other than in your user space.

22-05-2002, 03:50 PM
You can quite safely expand in your home directory (usually): most tarballs will create a directory with its own name and do the expanding in that new directory.

Check first: 'tar tvzf name.tar.gz' will give you a directory of the files in the archive.

After you have expanded it (and read the document files) you might have to 'su' to be able to install it if it's a 'general access' utility and will be installed anywhere other than in your user space.

22-05-2002, 03:50 PM
You can quite safely expand in your home directory (usually): most tarballs will create a directory with its own name and do the expanding in that new directory.

Check first: 'tar tvzf name.tar.gz' will give you a directory of the files in the archive.

After you have expanded it (and read the document files) you might have to 'su' to be able to install it if it's a 'general access' utility and will be installed anywhere other than in your user space.

22-05-2002, 03:52 PM
You can quite safely expand in your home directory (usually): most tarballs will create a directory with its own name and do the expanding in that new directory.

Check first: 'tar tvzf name.tar.gz' will give you a directory of the files in the archive.

After you have expanded it (and read the document files) you might have to 'su' to be able to install it if it's a 'general access' utility and will be installed anywhere other than in your user space.