for the life of me, I have never, ever, been able to make a tar.gz file install properly and then access that program.
right now, I want to install Open Office, but the instructions that I find on the 'net don't get the job done.
Following the quote below, I did this:
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john@john-TP500LA ~/Downloads/OpenOffice $ tar -xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.5_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz john@john-TP500LA ~/Downloads/OpenOffice $
I followed thru all of that, and OpenOffice does not appear in the menu, nor can I find a folder anywhere with OpenOffice as the name.No need to use sudo to unpack the archive. Type this in a terminal:
tar -xzf archive.tar.gz
Or you can just double-click on the archive from Nautilus (the file manager) to see what's inside. No need for command line until now.
If this archive contains something to install in the system, then sudo would be useful at one point or another. Very often, such an archive contains software that must be compiled and then installed. Typically, what you then do is as follows:
tar -xzf archive-name.tar.gz
sudo make install
As you see, only the step actually installing the program requires superuser rights; everything else happens just in your home directory, which you own. Please do not type blindly the instructions above; first, read any documents called "README" or "INSTALLATION" that you will find in the archive.
there are 42 separate .deb files in OpenOffice
WTH am I doing wrong here?