View Full Version : noob how to compile, install, and run sources

January 13th, 2006, 09:30 PM
I am very new at interacting with source files. I've never done it before in my life. What I need is the most basic concept of how I compile, install, and execute a .tar file.

Just fill this in as I go please:

I just downloaded and extracted the .tar.gz file called "x" onto My Desktop. Now, I need to figure out how I am supposed to compile it...

January 13th, 2006, 09:35 PM

Check out the above thread. It deals with exactly your query.

January 13th, 2006, 09:43 PM
ok. I got that bookmarked. but it deals with compiling only. How do i run the program if it is not linked in the start menu section (i am using WinXP as a basis, but the section is a diff name in ubuntu)?

January 17th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Running a program is as simple as typing the name of the executable created by the program in a terminal and pressng enter.
For e.g. Firefox would create an executable by the name firefox and to run this program, open a terminal and type "firefox" and press enter. Its as simple as that !

Of course some times you could be bushed searching for the executable name. All you would have to do as, make sure you go through the config file or just search for a bin directory (usually /usr/bin). Your executable would be in that. If its not /usr/bin, check for a bin directory in the install path.

January 17th, 2006, 05:23 PM
Check out this thread for searching for installed programs.