I need some help here folks . Could someone explain how I go about getting a program that is in 'tar.bz2' format to install . I have managed to download 'AbiWord' in my 'user' account but don't know how to take if any further. Does this have to be carried out in 'root' ?
go to your user accoutn and run the command:
tar -jxvf package_name
then open the package with cd package_name
and read the install or readme or run the command:
./configure --prefix=usr/ && make && make install
you must be root.
Only "make install" needs to be run as root, all the other commands should be done as a regular user. It's better to use /usr/local as prefix for programs installed from tarballs so that they don't interfere with files from RPM packages.