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    Question installing app using a tar.gz file

    Hello, in the past, all my installation have been done using synaptic package manager, but I have come across a situation where I would like to install an application which only has a tar.gz file not a .deb file.

    How should I go about installing it, do I just unpack to root, or is there a method of installation I should run through.

    The application I would like to install is:
    http://www.charlesproxy.com/download/

    Thankyou for your help,
    Dan
    Dan Duke
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    Re: installing app using a tar.gz file


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    Re: installing app using a tar.gz file

    Looks like you can just unpack the tar.gz archive into your home directory, then run the charles.sh script like this:

    Code:
    cd ~
    tar xzvf /path/to/charles.tar.gz
    charles/bin/charles.sh
    You'll have to have Java installed as well.

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    Talking Re: installing app using a tar.gz file

    Thankyou for your wift response, I had also missed something else, I had to go to the *.sh file, right click, and set the permissions to allow execution, as it wasn't letting me through GUI or through terminal.

    Thanks again,
    Dan
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    Re: installing app using a tar.gz file

    I just wanted to add generally anything that comes as a tar.gz is either a precompiled binary, the program itself ready to go, or the source code. In all cases the author of the software *should* provide decent documentation in the archive or on the site. Always remember to have a look in the archive for a readme file of some sort.
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