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How do I install tar bz2 and gz files?

I am trying to install Java 7 via tar.gz, but when it comes to the command "./configure", it says it don't exist. I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with latest updates.

The manual I looked is this: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/install-tarballs/

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did you do the part of cd path-to-software ? –  viyyer Feb 2 '12 at 21:22
What tar.gz file is it? Each tarball is different, and you need to view the README or INSTALL file to figure it out. –  Jjed Feb 2 '12 at 21:31

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I am guessing you have an already compiled TAR ball from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html therefore you don't need to compile JAVA.

In a nutshell: Simply extract it into a folder (sometimes /opt/java) and create a symlink of the java executable to /usr/bin/java and configure further with update-alternatives.

See the Easy Linux Tips Project: Oracle (Sun) Java JRE for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian for detailed instructions.

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