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  1. um i realy need help with linux.......

    i am running mandrake 9.0
    and when i download programs of the internet for it
    they come compressed i uncompress them and from there
    i dont know were to go
    how do i run the program i downloaded
    it says i need 2 compile them or somthing
    wat program or command do i use to do this
    thanx
    luke

  2. Re: um i realy need help with linux.......

    bad ass boy wrote:

    > i am running mandrake 9.0
    > and when i download programs of the internet for it
    > they come compressed i uncompress them and from there
    > i dont know were to go
    > how do i run the program i downloaded
    > it says i need 2 compile them or somthing
    > wat program or command do i use to do this
    > thanx
    > luke

    generally, when you download software to run on a linux system, what you
    get is a compressed file containing the source code for the application. it
    will be something like this

    foo_bar.tgz

    you uncompress it like this

    tar -xvzf foo_bar.tgz

    you'll get a directory containing the source code and some instructions
    look for a file called "INSTALL" or maybe "README"
    read the directions, but it will usually go like this
    type

    ../configure

    this will configure the source code for your system
    then type

    make

    this will compile the source and create the executable
    often you can then run the executable at this point, but if it's something
    you want to keep on you system you'll want to type

    make install

    this will move the application to it's permanent location on you machine and
    you'll have to be root to do it.
    have fun

    Dave

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