How to use a .tar.gz file

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by chejose, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. chejose

    chejose New Member

    I downloaded Thunderbird from it's site, and it is a .tar.gz file. But I don't see how to inslall the program.

    If I open it with "tar xzf" I get a folder with many files in it. There must be a way :).

    I am using Ubuntu 9.10


  2. thomasstuart

    thomasstuart New Member

    A .tar.gz file is simply a bundle of files packaged with tar, and subsequently compressed with gzip.Sometimes the extension ".tgz" is used as an abbreviation for ".tar.gz". This is especially common on platforms such as MS-DOS that have arbitrary constraints on filenames.You can extract the file from the decompressed archive would be done using tar.
  3. chejose

    chejose New Member

    Good... thaanks.

    I got that far, but the result was simply a folder with many files in it. The problem is that it is supposed to be a program (Thunderbird) and I see no way to install it.
  4. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    For Ubuntu, I suggest you use a package manager and not the tar file.

    apt-get for command line access, but I guess you use Gnome or another GUI. There you'll find various package managers. This will be much easier.

    If you want to use the tar extract, you will have to build/compile/install everything manually.
  5. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    use the repositories if you're new to ubuntu/linux in general.

    sudo apt-get install thunderbird
    Basically you have a file /etc/apt/sources.list that contains a list of URL that tells your ubuntu installation that it can find software there.

    You update the versions listed by
    sudo apt-get update
    You can upgrade all installed packages by issuing
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    You can search for specific things with
    apt-cache search KEYWORD
    You can even use pipe and grep to narrow down things
    apt-cache search editor | grep "command line"
    Get to know apt better by issuing
    man apt
    that's a very short man page but it lists the apt related programs:
           apt-cache(8), apt-get(8), apt.conf(5), sources.list(5), apt_preferences(5), apt-secure(8)
    onto which you can each individually run
    man COMMAND
    man apt-get

Share This Page