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    Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    Hi:

    I'm trying to use the terminal to untar this tar.gz (Theme) that I downloaded; however I'm getting this error that I don't understand:
    This file is sitting on my Desktop:

    Code:
    ultimatecat@:~$ tar -zxvf 77221-GDM-MagicBook.tar.gz
    tar (child): 77221-GDM-MagicBook.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    ultimatecat@:~$
    Really is on my Desktop so not sure why terminal says: No such file of directory....clearly; it's there-

    Code:
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~$ cd Desktop
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~/Desktop$ ls
    77221-GDM-MagicBook.tar.gz  Practice scan~
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~/Desktop$
    What's this all about?
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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    I sometimes get this in another distro, but I usually have to run "tar" "First letter <tab> and let the shell 'find' it.
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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    Try
    Code:
    tar -xvf ~/Desktop/77221-GDM-MagicBook.tar.gz

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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    Schragge:

    Thank you!
    Code:
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~$ tar -xvf ~/Desktop/77221-GDM-MagicBook.tar.gzmagic-book/
    magic-book/background.jpg
    magic-book/option.png
    magic-book/session.png
    magic-book/screenshot.jpg
    magic-book/disconnect.png
    magic-book/magicbook.xml
    magic-book/GdmGreeterTheme.desktop
    magic-book/system.png
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~$ ./configure
    bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
    ultimatecat@ultimatecat-MS-7501:~$
    Now what's wrong?
    Thought configure would be next, than make && make install
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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    You can see from the tar output in your window

    Code:
    magic-book/background.jpg
    magic-book/option.png
    magic-book/session.png
    magic-book/screenshot.jpg
    magic-book/disconnect.png
    magic-book/magicbook.xml
    magic-book/GdmGreeterTheme.desktop
    magic-book/system.png
    that there is no file called 'configure' (in fact, the ./configure - make - make install sequence only applies to distributions in source code form - and not always then). To install themes you usually just need to untar them into (or untar wherever and then move them into) the appropriate themes directory - usually either /usr/share/themes (for everyone), or ~/.themes or ~/.local/share/themes (for personal themes). The theme files also need to be appropriate for the desktop session you are running.
    Last edited by steeldriver; May 9th, 2013 at 03:58 AM.

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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    To install themes you usually just need to untar them
    Thank you! I wasn't aware of that. Thought they required configuring and other practices--

    So if I understand you correctly; that Magic Book should already be where it's suppose to be and I should be able to set it now?
    Last edited by UltimateCat; May 9th, 2013 at 06:21 PM.
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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    Most probably no. You unpacked it into folder magic-book in your home directory. I doubt your desktop environment can find it there unless it explicitly configured to search for themes directly in your home directory. Move it to one of locations suggested by steeldriver above.

    Edit
    What you downloaded looks like a GDM theme. Recent Ubuntu releases by default use LightDM instead. Are you sure this theme is suitable for your system? Anyway, a background image for LightDM can be specified in file /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf in form
    Code:
    background=/home/utimatecat/magic-book/background.jpg
    Replace /home/ultimatecat/magic-book/ with the full path to the image.
    Last edited by schragge; May 9th, 2013 at 07:07 PM.

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    Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    Your right it is in my Home directory and attempting to put it in my themes folder failed.
    The system would not allow me to cut and paste that file nore drag nor drop into the themes folder.

    Perhaps this is not the correct "theme" for my distribution--

    My new OS allows me 2 to 4 different types of DE and I tend to stay with Gnome or Gnome 3-

    Ubuntu releases by default use LightDM instead
    Thank you for telling me that. That makes a considerable difference!
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    SOLVED Re: Using the termial to untar and install tar.gz: Error:

    It is now clear how to un-tar ; Thank You-
    I'll look into "Light Dm' not GDM in the future for desktop themes-
    "A morning w/o coffee is like something w/o something else"


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