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Tar.gz and Tar.bz2 installers?

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May 31, 2010 6:59:13 PM

Anyone know of a program that will install these software packages for you? Or a very good guide to someone who is new to Linux and wants to learn how to install them?

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June 4, 2010 5:05:52 PM

Note that you should try to use your distributions repositories when possible instead of building from tar-balls. Generally speaking, you will have much less trouble, compatibility issues, etc that way.

Good luck
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June 4, 2010 7:31:01 PM

BZ2 is a compressed file format, just like .zip in windows.
TAR is short for Tape ARchive - a little antiquated now but simply put a way to put a large number of files into a portable container

Frequently you need to extract the contents and then run the build / installer from within. It's best to check the source location for instructions.
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August 8, 2010 7:27:26 AM

Extract the files from a .gz by right clicking on it and you can extract to a directory of your choice. Or tar -xvzf if you're in terminal.
Look for README files or an executable. I would look for a README before looking for the other. A lot of times, you can look for an executable (the icon is a series of cogwheels and is named after the program) in the folder of the downloaded file and simply clicking on it will launch the program.
I heavily recommend you use your package manager for your distro. You can always find how to use your package manager on your distro's wiki.
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August 8, 2010 8:24:54 AM

Hmmm.. 4 months ago that would have been a good answer.
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August 12, 2010 1:14:17 AM

:o  Sorry about that. Didn't notice the date.
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August 13, 2010 8:57:17 AM

Don't worry to much, it's fairly slow down here so takes a while for threads to drop off. It's still a good answer :) 
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August 19, 2010 6:09:10 PM

audiovoodoo said:
...It's still a good answer :) 


And yet every one of you keeps talking about how to install it strait from the .tar or .bz2 file. But that was NOT my question. My question was is there any programs that does that work for me. Since that has not been answered there is no good answer until the question even gets it's first real answer.

I don't want to sound rude. But if your not going to answer my question, please don't bother replying.
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August 19, 2010 6:24:02 PM

I'm afraid that you do sound rude becasue you are being rude. People have answered your question.

You were told of the program that would do this for you - tar. Of course you have to tell it what program you want installed; computers aren't into mindreading just yet.

Now if you don't want people replying to an impossible question (is there a program that will install other programs for me with absoultely no action on my part), then don't waste our time by posting here.

Jeez - people try to help others and just get badmouthed in return. Why do we bother?

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August 19, 2010 6:43:33 PM

Yeah, I'm afraid the program you're looking for is fictional. A program can't decipher a README and follow its instructions. That's downright impossible (as of now).
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August 19, 2010 6:46:41 PM

DJRWolf said:
Anyone know of a program that will install these software packages for you? Or a very good guide to someone who is new to Linux and wants to learn how to install them?

Actually, if you look at the post, you'll see the second question is answered... so don't ask for something you don't want. ;) 
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August 20, 2010 1:21:52 AM

DJRWolf said:
I don't want to sound rude. But if your not going to answer my question, please don't bother replying.

If you want a direct answer: There is none, because you can't "install" a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2.
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