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I've downloaded a tar.gz for the game Solar 2, and extracted it. Frustratingly, there is no configure file for it, nor is there an INSTALL or a README file. If I skip straight to the "make" command, it tells me there's no targets specified and no makefile found. I'm also having the same problem with another game I've downloaded, NightSky.

Not quite sure how to proceed. I can't find any official documentation or anyone else having these problems. Any suggestions?

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I don't think they should need compiling, just extracting and then installing or running from that folder: see this question, but ignore the answers to do with compiling. – user76204 Mar 5 '13 at 20:52
Additionally to what Mik said: if you bought them the seller/author should be able and willing to tell you how to start them. – guntbert Mar 5 '13 at 20:58
Just so everyone knows; I have dropped Humble Bundle Support an e-mail concerning the issue. They are yet to reply though. – schtocker Mar 5 '13 at 22:06
@schtocker Try running the file called – Seth Mar 5 '13 at 22:07
@Seth Oh, well that was easy. Thank you very much! – schtocker Mar 5 '13 at 22:29
up vote 1 down vote accepted

From the screenshot you provided here in a comment, I think you just need to run the file named and it will handle the rest.

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Either this actually contains the binaries, or it uses cmake for it's build system. Try going into the directory and typing cmake .

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CMake Error: The source directory "/home/benjamin/Games/Solar2" does not appear to contain CMakeLists.txt. – schtocker Mar 5 '13 at 22:03
@schtocker unless it's built with scons (there will be a file called sconscript in there somewhere I think) then this answer is right and your tarball contains the compiled program already. You should be able to run it from it's folder if this is the case. – Mark Paskal Mar 5 '13 at 22:32

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