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    Re: Installing .tar files

    Yes, that's correct there are 2 possible commands.
    The usual one is:
    Code:
    sudo make install
    But this doesn't create an entry in Synaptic, so it's almost impossible to uninstall cleanly later unless the source package also offers an uninstallation script.

    To add an entry to Synaptic, you need to create a .deb and then install it.
    This is done using the checkinstall program.
    See here for how to use it:
    http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/147

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    Re: Installing .tar files

    ok Thanks a lot guys it helped a lot, i must say linux is has certain aspects that are difficult to use for newbies but it has a great community, thanks again!!!

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    Re: Installing .tar files

    Also, since you asked for where to find out about commands:
    http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/cli.html (basic comands)
    http://linuxcommand.org/index.php (from basic commands to advanced shell-scripting)

    And don't forget to use the manual:
    man <command>
    I don't know your level of familiarity with GNU/Linux yet (because installing from source is already relatively "advanced" ^^), but if you are still fairly new, this is a very good starting point:
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index.php
    Last edited by KIAaze; May 9th, 2008 at 11:28 PM.

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    Re: Installing .tar files

    Oh and one more thing:
    Manual pages can be read in a more attractive way using "yelp":
    Code:
    yelp man:<command>
    Or by launching yelp by going to "System->Help and support" and then searching for man:<command>.

    This is especially useful for very long manual pages.
    Of course, you can also find them in even more attractive formats on the internet...

    Code:
    info <command>
    also works sometimes.

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    Re: Installing .tar files

    cool!! thanks a lot, now i have lots of stuff to study

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