tar.gz files, how to install them

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gms9810
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tar.gz files, how to install them

Post by gms9810 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:31 pm

Hi all,
I've been using linux for maybe 6 months now and for the most part we're getting along nicely. I still have a problem installing things from tar.gz files. I download them and extract them but every instruction or tutorial i've seen doesn't seem to work. My current dilemma is Gimp 2.7.2 and Libre office 3.3. I use Gimp on my Windows computer and open office and I'd like to try Gimp 2.7.2 and libre office on my linux machine but i CANNOT seem to do anything with the files now that i have them. Can anyone point me to a tutorial that works?

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Re: tar.gz files, how to install them

Post by ThistleWeb » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:26 pm

Those are compressed files, they can contain anything. It's like asking how to install a .zip or .rar file. Quite often the .tar.gz version of the download is the source code that you have to compile. It's often easier to search for a trustworthy PPA for the apps you want, ideally from the projects directly.
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Re: tar.gz files, how to install them

Post by dagon » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:07 pm

1.
The most common .tar.gz style projects are first extracted and then compiled and installed in three stages as such:
./configure
make
make install

2.
In order for this to work you need to:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=9234

3.
Some projects depend upon other sources not included and you generally would go:
sudo apt-get build-dep <project>
to pull down the needed files.

4.
You mentioned gimp:
http://www.gimp.org/source/
and there I found:
Best way to keep up with GIMP from git

And if you google: maverick gimp ppa
you'll find packages that are newer than gimp today ~2.6.10
For instance removed/welcome/ are 2.6.11

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Re: tar.gz files, how to install them

Post by Inkit » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:13 pm

Hi gms,
Have you tried just double clicking on the tar.gz file, or right clicking and "open with autorun". sometimes all it takes is this for it to install. I don't know if this will work for you, but I don't see why not. I've not installed what you want, but I've downloaded many games and installed them all this way. Give it a shot, may work.

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Re: tar.gz files, how to install them

Post by vrkalak » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:47 pm

LinuxMint Community Forum Tutorial for installing tar.bz2 files > http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/162
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