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Everything I've tried to install has opened in Archive manager. Even if the file says that it's executable it still opens in archive manager. There aren't any executable files inside the archive either. There also isn't any other software to open the files with. How do I make it so it opens an installer instead of the archive.

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marked as duplicate by Braiam, Avinash Raj, minerz029, Radu Rădeanu, Warren Hill Dec 15 '13 at 11:30

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What type of files do these occur with? Is there anything in the archive? – minerz029 Dec 15 '13 at 0:48
With all the info that you give us, I imagine that you've downloaded a .tar.gz file and trying to install it doing double click. Those files (*.tar.gz) are not executable, they have the source code of the app. To install it you need to compile first. If this is your case, you will find all the necessary information here. Let me know if I'm wrong – Lucio Dec 15 '13 at 0:51
I'm trying to install a .tar.gz and a .jar – Ubuntudude Dec 15 '13 at 1:04

as for the tar.gz files you should have a look at the question linked in the commends

the .jar file has to be run in a java runtime environment, so if you don't have it already install the program OpenJDK (search in the software center).

Now you need to set the permissions on the file to allow to execute it. to do this right click the file, and select properties. now open the permissions tab and check the 'Allow executing file as program' check box.

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