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[ SOLVED ] Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:37:37 pm »
Where can I find out how to go about getting ".tar.gz" files to install on Vector Linux 7.0?
« Last Edit: June 07, 2014, 06:40:19 pm by Locator »

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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2014, 06:34:23 pm »

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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2014, 09:13:09 pm »
tar.gz files are usually compressed files not always something to install
unless the files states it is for installation.

Automatically expecting a tar.gz file to be installable will be disappointing.

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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 05:03:11 pm »
Use tar to untar the tarball...

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-unix-bsd-extract-targz-file/

How then do I go about making use such files once I "untar" them?

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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 05:57:50 pm »
README
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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 03:57:56 am »
To use a Windows metaphor: Think of tar.gz files as .zip files. They can contain just about anything, from pictures to installers to source code to viruses. They don't necessarily do anything by themselves, you need to extract the files and then work with the contents. Browse through the extracted folders and files and look for instructions. Normally there will be a README file, that is where you start.

If you are working with source code, you need to configure, compile and install using the root account. This is one of the easiest ways to bork a system.  :P

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Re: Working with ".tar.gz" files?
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 06:39:50 pm »
Thank you.