Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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Balden1611
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Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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I'm recently returning to Linux Mint. And I need help installing a .tar file it's literally just a .tar file not any other variant of the file type. and I need to install a program from my downloads folder. I have searched for 2 days trying to find an answer
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Re: Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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Try searching for the name of the file using the suffix .deb
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Re: Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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Balden1611 wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:09 pm
I'm recently returning to Linux Mint. And I need help installing a .tar file it's literally just a .tar file not any other variant of the file type. and I need to install a program from my downloads folder. I have searched for 2 days trying to find an answer
A tar file is not a package you can install. Open the .tar file, see what's in it, maybe you hid a package inside. ;)

No but seriously, if you told people what you want to install and what environment you are on (Mint version) I'm sure someone could help you out.
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Re: Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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Hi Balden1611,

Welcome back to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!


It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

Need much more information, like what is the name of the software that is packaged as a "tar" archive? You may just be able to right-click it and extract here and run the application's startup program from within that folder.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Need help installing a package with .tar extention

Post by Lord Boltar »

A tar file is similar to a zip archive you have to extract the contents and either you have to build the contents using build essential or cmake also look to see if it has an install.sh file or a deb file once extracted - it would help if you give the name of the tar file
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Re: Need help installing a package with .tar extention

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Once you extract the files (I think most file managers have a right-click dropdown option to extract tars) there should be a readme inside, read it. If the software is well designed there will be instructions that tell you how to go about compiling the software if needed.
Often compiling is not needed, for instance blender can simply be downloaded, extracted and run from any location. There is an executable file named "blender" that will start the program, you can create a custom launcher and point it to this file. Sometimes its a pain to get these into the menu, I always just stick them on the desktop or on the panel/taskbar.

I'd stay away from drivers and that kind of stuff. The system is pretty well locked down unless you got years of linux experience. At one time I could compile the fglrx driver from AMD for an AMD GPU but I haven't been able to do so successfully since mint 14.

I still prefer to install some of my software this way so I know it hasn't been tampered with, I prefer to get it directly from the people who wrote it if possible.
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