How to install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file in linux

 
The answer is you cannot "install" a .tar.gz file or .tar.bz2 file. Because .tar.gz files are gzip-compressed tarballs, compressed archives like .zip files. .bz2 files are compressed with bzip2.
 
Step 1
 
Open a terminal or press Ctrl + Alt + T


 
Step 2
 
Use the command cd <foldername> to navigate to the correct folder.
 
Make sure you first read a file called INSTALL or INSTALL.txt or README


 
Step 3
 
Extract the files with one of the commands
 
If it's tar.gz use
 
tar xvzf PACKAGENAME.tar.gz
 
If it's a tar.bz2 use
 
tar xvjf PACKAGENAME.tar.bz2


 

Step 4
 
Most source codes rely on the AUTOCONF and MAKE programs, so you will need to use the following commands :
 
Use the command cd <foldername> to navigate to the extracted folder.
 
Install the files with one of the commands
 
./configure
make
make install


 

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