Noob- Install .tar.gz files

I am trying to install a file. I am able to uncompress the files into a directory with no problem.

I install the gcc compiler. But my results are as follows:

jmariscal@linux-test:`/Desktop/firefox> ./configure
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
(Then for giggles I put MAKE)

jmariscal@linux-test:`/Desktop/firefox> Make
bash: make: command not found

I have been a windows admin 10+ years and I like Suse, but I am lost?

.RPM I have down. Help!


To extract and unzip a tar.gz or tgz file do this:

tar -xzf your-software.tar.gz

This will likely create a directory named something similar to the name of the tarball hanging directly from the directory you are located right now.

Then, cd into that directory and look for the configure script.

It’s that easy.

For example, let’s say you want to build the gettext tool from the sources. You’ll do something like this:

jesus@xenakis:~/tests$ ls
jesus@xenakis:~/tests$ tar -xzf gettext-0.16.1.tar.gz
jesus@xenakis:~/tests$ ls
gettext-0.16.1  gettext-0.16.1.tar.gz
jesus@xenakis:~/tests$ cd gettext-0.16.1/
jesus@xenakis:~/tests/gettext-0.16.1$ ls
aclocal.m4         build-aux     gettext-tools  PACKAGING
AUTHORS            ChangeLog    COPYING          gnulib-local  README
autoconf-lib-link  ChangeLog.0  djgpp            INSTALL        NEWS         README.woe32         configure    gettext-runtime  m4             os2          THANKS
jesus@xenakis:~/tests/gettext-0.16.1$ ./configure --help
`configure' configures this package to adapt to many kinds of systems.

Usage: ./configure [OPTION]... [VAR=VALUE]...

To assign environment variables (e.g., CC, CFLAGS...), specify them as
VAR=VALUE.  See below for descriptions of some of the useful variables.

Defaults for the options are specified in brackets.

  YFLAGS      The list of arguments that will be passed by default to $YACC.
              This script will default YFLAGS to the empty string to avoid a
              default value of `-d' given by some make applications.
  GCJ         Java native code compiler command
  GCJFLAGS    Java native code compiler flags
  EMACS       the Emacs editor command
              the Emacs library search path

Use these variables to override the choices made by `configure' or to help
it to find libraries and programs with nonstandard names/locations.


After that you run ./configure and then make.


OK, I understand now how to use the ./configure command.

I typed it on clamAV and it compiled fine. But now when I type MAKE, it says;

bash: make: command not found.


you have to go to Yast and install the make to be able to make files. After that though I am stuck too :P. I am one step ahead and now I am getting: “make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.”
I’ll keep checking to see if I can find info. I am trying to install quite a few things and can’t find any info on how to do that. One is moblock and the other is ts2dvd. Arghhhh

i did this, hmmm, last week for the first time I think. There are a lot of pacakages you will need to install. I wish there was a one click install to install them. But as you go along, and it comes up with things like “command not found” install it, and yeah, install the devel packages for it too. It’s frustrating when you first learn to do it, but bloody rewarding when you install your first pacakage.

OK, I have it!

You have to go into YaST and install M4. So the list of things I had to install was;


I am still having a little issue installing GMU.

OK, apparently I was not as far as I thought I was.

I do the whole;

make install

Everything runs and then finishes with no errors, but nothing installs.

I am trying to install gmp 4.2.4

Sorry for the one-year late reply … :slight_smile: But just a suggestion: it may be that the application has installed but hasn’t put an icon in the menus. To run it, you might have to type the application’s name in a terminal.