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    how to install a source file?

    I currently have Xubuntu 12.10 installed.
    I have my source file downloaded. The file name is "higan_v093-source.tar.xz"
    after opening terminal and locating the file with cd Downloads/ ls

    I was wondering if anyone could show me how to install this file.
    "higan v093 (GPLv3 source)"

    thanks
    Last edited by tjb2; August 26th, 2013 at 06:35 PM.

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    Re: how to install a source file?

    You cannot install a source file. You must compile an executable binary from the source code first. Read this guide for more details.
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    Re: how to install a source file?

    Not often that I actually need to do it - and I always forget ...

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo

    This usually gets me through it.

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    Re: how to install a source file?

    I don't know how it is for others, but I get http error 403 (forbidden) when I try to download that file, so I can't give specific instructions. Judging from the extension it must be an archive. Unpack it and with some luck you'll find a file called README or INSTALL. It may give you some instructions.

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    Re: how to install a source file?

    thanks guys, i'll check those links and see what i can do to get this thing running.. i'll update if it works or not.

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    Re: how to install a source file?

    That is not an easy question to answer unless someone who just happened to install that exact file on a system simalar to yours decides to help out. Also the link you provided does not appear to work for me "Error 403 - Forbidden"...

    Generally you would need to first extract the contents of the tar file into a folder. If you are lucky there will be a README with instructions on how to install from there. Otherwise you will have to do your research to figure out what you need to do. Sometimes it is as simple as running...

    Code:
    ./configure
    make 
    sudo make install
    in teminal from the directory that you extracted the files into. But I wouldn't count on it being that easy.
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    Re: how to install a source file?

    I've managed to grab it from http://byuu.org/higan/release/

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    Re: how to install a source file?

    I went through most of the notions..im gonna try again tomorrow. thanks for the help guys. this was helpful.

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