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    Exclamation Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    I'm new to the whole Linux experience so consider me a noob. What I want to learn to do is how to decompress tarballs and install them. I'm trying to install Compiz Fusion on Ubuntu but I can't figure out how to use the terminal to decompress the .bz2 tarball. I need help. I've seen what Linux can do and that's why I decided to give it a try but it seems that it's complicated for former Windows users that know nothing of the terminal. Help please! Teach me how to use these tarballs!

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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    If you're new, you should don't touch tar.gz's just yet.

    Besides, compiz-fusion comes preloaded from ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) by default, it's on appearence > Visual Effects.

    Also, please, instead of looking on google for files, first open "Add/Remove Programs" on the Applications tab, you'll have a pleasant surprise, you can install free software directly from the server, instead of scouting for .exe's in windows.
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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    To extract a bz2 tarball
    Code:
    tar -xjf file.tar.bz2
    read the tar man page for all the options and how to extract other compression formats. Once extracted the installation varies from app to app, most will have an "install" file which should get you started. I see you're installing compize, have you tried to install it from the repositories?
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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    in a more general sense, as you find tarballs that you want to install, try the following:

    1. go to command line
    2. go to a temp directory, for example, type: cd /tmp
    3. grab the package off the interweb, tpye: wget http://www.website.com/package.tar.gz
    4. untar it, type: tar -zxvf package.tar.gz (or flag '-xvjf' if untarring X.tar.bz2)
    5. move into the created dir, type: cd package
    6. configure the package, type: ./configure
    7. make the package, type: make
    8. install the package, type: make install

    please post again if you have additional questions...

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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    I don't know about Gnome, but in KDE I just right-click -> extract here, using ark.
    I do not use Ubuntu any more, nor have I ever used Gnome. Therefore, I tend to give advice that is distro- and DE-agnostic, which, while perhaps not the easiest way, will allow you to move freely between machines.

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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xiong Chiamiov View Post
    I don't know about Gnome, but in KDE I just right-click -> extract here, using ark.
    It's the same thing on gnome (named file-roller though). The thing is that the OP is trying to install compiz-fusion from a compressed file, which is weird, since ubuntu comes with it, and it's on the repository.

    So my guess is that he's under the typical windows philosophy of "go grab it from google", instead of looking up on the local repository.

    Instead of teaching him how to uncompress a file and let him screw it up while compiling a source code, let's teach him how to use the best tools of debian, which, at the same time, are more newbie-friendly.
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    Thank you. I didn't expect to get a reply so fast from these forums. Okay, I tried doing it from Visual Effects first but the screen just goes to showing the background wallpaper then it reverts back. What does that mean? Does that mean it's applied? Do I need to install Linux drivers for my graphics card?

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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    OP? Just a quick question, how come you guys are so helpful? I've never gotten such kind of help from users of Windows. I don't know if you guys also use Windows but you guys are amazingly helpful! Thanks to you all!

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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadius View Post
    Thank you. I didn't expect to get a reply so fast from these forums. Okay, I tried doing it from Visual Effects first but the screen just goes to showing the background wallpaper then it reverts back. What does that mean? Does that mean it's applied? Do I need to install Linux drivers for my graphics card?
    Yes, on the restricted drivers section (System > Administration).

    Could you run the following command?

    Code:
    lspci > ~/Desktop/info.txt
    This will create a file called info.txt on your desktop with your hardware information, paste it here, for future reference. The most important thing, is an Ati video card or nVidia? Ati cards are troublesome.
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    Re: Tarballs - Decompressing and Installing?

    OP == Original Poster

    These forums (especially the beginner forum) are very, very high traffic. All of us here actually *enjoy* using our OS (well, most of the time), and as such, enjoy helping others get to where we are now. I've only been using Linux since Christmas break, but I found that after I had to go through hell trying to get something to work, I wanted to help others not have to go through the same thing. And so, I end up here.
    I do not use Ubuntu any more, nor have I ever used Gnome. Therefore, I tend to give advice that is distro- and DE-agnostic, which, while perhaps not the easiest way, will allow you to move freely between machines.

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