how to execute the [tar.bz2] ?

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how to execute the [tar.bz2] ?

Postby Ryan » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:18 pm

I tried you setup a program called "valknut-0.3.12.tar.bz2". This is the Bizarro Hub program used many students within specific university. I got the software, but no way I execute the tar.bz2 format, I did search the software by using the mintinstall, but I couldn't find any.
here is the link I got software from

please, help me out


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Re: how to execute the [tar.bz2] ?

Postby Husse » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:07 pm

[tar.bz2] is an archive
In a terminal
tar xvjf <file>
bunzip2 file.tar.bz2
then you should get a bunch of files including a read me
If you want to compile this you also have to install build essentials - search for that in synaptic
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it


Re: how to execute the [tar.bz2] ?

Postby Ryan » Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:21 pm

Hi Husse,

I know that's an archive file and I also know by double-clicking it, it will give me a bunch of files, this is the way I used to do in the window. That's simple
but, as I know so far about linux was, if wanna execute program I have to do some coding in the terminal thing. That's not the easy thing ever if compare to window. Window just click-N-click and it will do the rest for you.

anyway, I followed your instructuon
In the terminal I typed
tar xvjf <file> then I entered

and then I tried the other, I typed
bunzip2 file.tar.bz2

then this was what I got in my terminal window

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ly@ly-laptop ~ $ tar xvjf <file>
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
ly@ly-laptop ~ $ bunzip2 file.tar.bz2
bunzip2: Can't open input file file.tar.bz2: No such file or directory.

and then I searched in synaptic as you suggested. Finally, I found it, but in 0.3.11 version, its kinda out of date, and applied anyway, after completed, I don't know where it goes. I can't find it any where in my Menu

please, please show me steps how to get a program to work by using terminal window, because I got new version sitting right there in my desktop
if you know any site help newbie learn HOW-TO setup tar.bz2 things by showing step by step
very appreciated

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Re: how to execute the [tar.bz2] ?

Postby glore2002 » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:35 am

Is your .tar.bz2 called file? Make sure you are typing the correct name.

tar xvjf yourfilename.tar.bz2

After that, you should read 'readme' (which is inside the directory created when you ran tar. Generally you need to do the following to compile a program in Linux:

make install

Hope it helps,

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