< The procedure >
The installation procedure for software that comes in tar.gz and tar.bz2 packages isn’t always the same, but usually it’s like this:
# tar xvzf package.tar.gz (or tar xvjf package.tar.bz2)
# cd package
# make install
If you’re lucky, by issuing these simple commands you unpack, configure, compile, and install the software package and you don’t even have to know what you’re doing. However, it’s healthy to take a closer look at the installation procedure and see what these steps mean.
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