View Full Version : [ubuntu] Proper procedure for installing a new program from archive?

August 16th, 2010, 06:25 PM
I have an archive (.tar.gz) for a program; the archive contains the executable and several data files in subdirectories.

In Windows XP, if I wanted to "install" this program in a manner that's reasonably consistent with other programs (excepting registry editing and the like), I'd unpack the archive into a new directory, then copy that directory into \Program Files and make a shortcut to the .exe, which I'd place in All Users\Start Menu\Programs.

To be consistent with other installed programs in Ubuntu, where should I put this program and its data files? How can I make a link/shortcut in the main Applications (Alt+F1) menu that will be available to (and executable by) all users?

August 16th, 2010, 11:56 PM
What exactly is in the archive file? Some files with .deb in the extension?

August 17th, 2010, 06:21 AM
An executable, along with various data files for sound and graphics, and a couple of subdirectories with level layout files (it's a game).