How To Install Tar.gz & Tar.bz2 Packages on Linux
In Linux, it is normal to find applications that are in .deb or .rpm packages, but there are cases in which applications are compressed in tar.gz or tar.bz2.
These two formats not only tare the application inside, they usually also bring with them the instructions to install them.
Steps To Install .tar.gz & .tar.bz2
In any of the two formats, the installation of this type of packages is the same.
The first step is to enter the folder where we have the tar.gz or tar.bz2 packages. If the folder has several words we have to put them with “” or if it will not look for folders with each word:
cd folderwherefileis cd “folder where file is”
Once we are in the folder, we will have to decompress the package; this is simple from the terminal, we write the following:
tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz tar -jxvf filename.tar.bz2
The next step is to configure it, we write:
Now we run the make command (compile)
Now we run the make install command
You have to take into account the command ./configure can give us an error if the package is already compiled, in that case, we omit those steps we can execute it directly from the terminal by writing the name of the package without further:
Or we can create a launcher.
Those are the steps to install tar.gz and tar.bz2 packages in Linux.
as simple as windos
First time using linux
These instructions are pretty useless to someone just starting out with Linux command line. If you have the knowledge required to use these cryptic instructions, then you dont need these instructions.
Does not work.
I think the linux communities are sadists who cant imagine non-developers using a software without learning the software. All people need is a more economical alternative to windows which is identical to windows with added security.
I’ve recently downloaded an archive (Tar.bz2) copy of Mozilla Thunderbird (Version 45 – only available in Tar.bz2 format) and unpacked same. However, was unable to use commands:
As the program was pre-configured, I.e. once unpacked, one was able to run same directly from the directory, however this is not what I want
With reference to the statement “Or we can create a launcher.” – yes – how exactly?? Can we please complete these instructions so as the the phrase INSTALL actually makes sense??