Installing aps in terminal

Asked by Sbn on 2007-08-17

I have downloaded Gnormalize and don't know how to install it (along with every other program that doesn't install automatically), as I am too new with Linux to understand the terminal.
Is there a procedure/formula for this, or are there different commands for every program?


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tv (tom-tomvergote) said : #1

Did you download a specific package or did you download the source code? (packages usually end with .deb or .rpm, source usually ends in tar.gz)

first put your file on the DESKTOP, open a TERMINAL and type this

$cd Desktop
moves to your directory

$ tar -zxvf gnormalize-0.52.tar.gz
this UnPACK the file you download

$ cd gnormalize-0.52
Change your path

$ sudo ./install
Install your program after gets your password

Sbn (esbenvinsnes) said : #3

Thanks. Is this the procedure to follow with other progs too?

tv (tom-tomvergote) said : #4

the procedure is usually first trying to use synaptic or apt-get or aptitude, compiling from source is a last resort and wil get you into trouble if you install every program like that.

first of all source doesn't check dependencies and second of all it doesn't follow upgrades of other software which get automatically installed, so your compiled app may stop working after installing updates