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asked 2014-11-23 02:34:54 -0500

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The question tells it all

Edit: I am trying to install thunderbird

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This question doesn't say it all - you could put any software into a tar.bz2 file - it's just an archive, like a ZIP file. The procedure varies based on what you're trying to install - so be specific! What software do you need to install?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-11-23 03:32:54 -0500 )edit

Also, this question cannot have a complete answer. Building from source varies per the software - it depends on what build system it uses, what scripts it has, what language it's written in. We have a couple of questions about this on the forum already, and the internet is strewn with posts on how to do this. I might close this as a duplicate or irrelevant questions, especially since thunderbird is present in the Fedora repositories! :)

yum install thunderbird

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-11-24 04:36:13 -0500 )edit

Sorry, my bad

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-11-24 05:03:13 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-11-23 02:56:59 -0500

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Unzip the file to see what's in it:

tar xvfj <filename>

It might be a source code package, in which case you'll need the compiler tools installed and run make then make install on it.

It might be a suite of web files, in which case you'll need an apache installation or other web server. For this you'd copy the files into the web tree somewhere, set the permissions and configure the web server accordingly

It might contain an .rpm file in which case you can install it with yum install <file>.rpm, yum will then attempt to install and satisfy any dependencies the package has

It might just contain some binary executable file and supporting config and resource files. Normally with these you'll put the whole unzipped package somewhere, perhaps in ~/bin/<package> and run it from there.

Whatever's in there, there should be a readme file that tells you how to get it all going.

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so i have to complie the source inside it?

TheDcoder gravatar imageTheDcoder ( 2014-11-23 23:52:05 -0500 )edit

Yes, typically software distributed this way must be compiled and installed. It's a lot of work to manually figure out what that package needs to build, and what it needs to run; this work is all done for you if you use the packages in the Fedora repository.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-11-24 08:05:27 -0500 )edit

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