Idiots Guide re compressed files

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Idiots Guide re compressed files

Postby ggsinclair » Wed May 11, 2005 12:41 pm

Hello!

Would it be possible, at some point, to do an idiots guide to installing files from .tgz, .tar etc?

I have been trying to do this for some time now but have never managed to do it successfully!

Thanks.

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Postby mugstar » Wed May 11, 2005 12:47 pm

Like the one on page 119 of the mag this month? :wink:
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Postby towy71 » Wed May 11, 2005 12:57 pm

and every previous month for gawd knows how long ;-)
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Postby ggsinclair » Wed May 11, 2005 3:59 pm

Yes - just like those ones.

I was thinking of something more along the lines of what is "make" and what does it do?

What do you do when you have unpacked a file?

It doesnt tell you that now does it? No! :wink:
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Postby towy71 » Wed May 11, 2005 4:36 pm

man make
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Postby Rhakios » Wed May 11, 2005 5:06 pm

Such an article might tell you what to do on most occasions, but it can't tell you what to do with all source packages. Some people include an installer, some a special build script, or the package might need qmake or some other procedure. If you read the README and INSTALL files, plus run ./configure --help before attempting compilation, you will normally find out all you need to know.
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