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I download Eclipse Classic 4.2.1 from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ and it is not .deb, it is .tar.gz. how can i install this package??

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you need not install. just right click and extract it.you will find a file called eclipse which is an executable.Just run that.Some times you need to give the execute permissions to the file. that can be done in permissions tab of its properties(right-click properties) window.

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Eclipse doesn't really need 'installation' if you download it from the Eclipse website. You can simply extract it from the terminal like so:

tar -xzf elipse.tar.gz

Once extracted, your home directory is a good place to put the eclipse program folder.

Alternatively, you can choose to have the package manager install Eclipse by running:

sudo apt-get install eclipse

Although, that will effectively require you do download it again.

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sudo ln -snf /usr/bin/eclipse /DIR/eclipse/bin/eclipse after unpacking the tar.gz file, that would be perfect. –  Teifi Nov 16 '12 at 9:08
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