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Old 5th October 2010, 12:33 PM
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installation of applications

How one can install applications from archives .gz and .bz ?
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Old 5th October 2010, 01:13 PM
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Re: installation of applications

.gz and .bz archives are usually tarballs of source code.

the usual method would be to untar the archive change into its directory and run a make.

this procedure varies from software to software but there is usually an INSTALL file in the tarball which documents the installation process.

a simple example would be
file.tar.gz
Code:
tar zxvf file.tar.gz
gives the directory file, change into it.
Code:
cd file
ls in the directory gives a series of files, most of the time there is a shell script called configure which readies your build environment and creates a makefile based on this. (make sure you have all the development tools installed yum groupinstall "Development Tools")
so run
Code:
./configure
this will do lots of whizzy text stuff, if it completes successfully run
Code:
make
if that completes successfully run
Code:
make install
voila software installed.

if the archive is a bz you can change the tar command to
Code:
tar xvfj file.tar.bz
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