November 20th, 2001 12:00 AM
Ok......time to show just how much of a linux newbie I am-
Just recently partitioned and installed Red Hat running the KDE desktop. I have absolutley no idea about shell prompts or anything like that, as your about to find out! Please be patient with me...
My question concerns tar.gz files. I have a CD with the new Netscape browser for Linux in the form of a tar.gz file. After the CD mounts I can navigate my way to this file using file manager. I than double click it and it "unzips" showing the install file (netscape-installer). Now Im stumped. If I double click this file I get a message saying "Warning-No action taken".
I can hear you all laughing now but like I said, Im just a Linux newbie. I assume it's something very basic but it's driving me crazy!
November 20th, 2001 12:07 AM
If the tarball has also been gzipped (compressed), you can use the following command:
tar -xvfz something.tar.gz
November 20th, 2001 12:08 AM
tar -xvzf netscape-4.9.0.tar.gz
This is how you usually install apps, might be a slight variation on this - i've never installed netscape.
November 20th, 2001 12:12 AM
I don't know exactly what you are looking at now, but,
open a shell, browse to the directory on the CD with your file.
copy the gzip'ed file off the cd onto your hard drive(wherever you usually store data).
cp myfile.tar.gz /home/myusername
gzip -dv myfile.tar.gz
and you should end up with
then type tar -xvf myfile.tar
(you can do with out the v(verbose) but I like watching all the filenames scroll by.
You can also | the two commands together, but I always screw it up somehow.
now you should have a new directory in /home/myusername named myfile(or netscape-6.2 or whatever)
now you should be able to run through the install process, you will probably need to take 3 steps.
There should be a readme in the unzipped directory, but it may look something like this.
from the new directory where your tar file created type
or maybe just
you may or may not need root priveledges when you do this(Im not much past a linux newbie myself, although I have managed several times to install different distros, and to install many different apps to each. most of them went something like this)
November 20th, 2001 12:16 AM
doh 2 people responded in the time it took me to write that....
You can also find a lot of basic guides to completeing other tasks at....
They are usually pretty good, although you will have to do a fair bit of improvising sometimes..
Keep at it, and have fun...
November 20th, 2001 12:27 AM
Thanks for all your help. I'll give it another try and see how I go. Thanks for your patience..