I downloaded targui from sourceforge and it comes in a tar.bz2 archive with no .configure and no instructions regarding install. However, the archive contains a Makefile. Looking at the Makefile (and what little documentation on sourcefourge) looks like the only dependencies are qt4, which are installed on my system at /usr/share/qt4, as the Makefile seems to require.

What am I supposed to do in order to install this package ?

Link to the sourceforge page: https://sourceforge.net/projects/targui/


The Makefile has this comment:


Makefile for building: targui
Generated by qmake (2.01a) (Qt 4.3.2) on: Fr Dez 28 12:32:13 2007
Project: targui.pro
Template: app
Command: /usr/bin/qmake -unix -o Makefile targui.pro


So, from within the directory containing the targui folder I tried:

/usr/bin/qmake -unix -o Makefile targui.pro

but terminal says:

qmake: could not exec '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt4/bin/qmake': No such file or directory


Built according to NOorbert instructions. It segfaults

Fixed mainwindow.cpp so now it looks like:

void MainWindow::TabChanged(int i) {

if (newAct) newAct->setEnabled(i > 0);
if (openAct) openAct->setEnabled(i > 0);
if (saveAct) saveAct->setEnabled(i > 0);
if (saveAsAct) saveAsAct->setEnabled(i > 0);


and changed the tar references to /bin in the same file

.targui still segfaults

  • Yes please, maybe I got better luck...
    – Gumbo
    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:03

3 Answers 3


Build targui as in N0rbert's answer, then read below for getting the binary to run.

  • The targui segfault on startup is due to MainWindow::TabChanged from mainwindow.cpp dereferencing invalid pointers, and adding checks here allows the program to start. For instance, change newAct->setEnabled(i > 0); to if (newAct) newAct->setEnabled(i > 0);, and do the same for the other three pointers.

  • mainwindow.cpp contains hardcoded strings like /usr/bin/tar that might not point to extant binaries. For instance, Ubuntu's tar is in /bin, so fix them accordingly.

targui screenshot

  • Built targui according to NOrbert answer. It segfaults on startup. Followed dssstorefile indications so now >void MainWindow::TabChanged(int i) { >if (newAct) newAct->setEnabled(i > 0); >if (openAct) openAct->setEnabled(i > 0); >if (saveAct) saveAct->setEnabled(i > 0); >if (saveAsAct) saveAsAct->setEnabled(i > 0); >}
    – Gumbo
    Aug 20, 2018 at 13:08
  • See update 2 above for proper code
    – Gumbo
    Aug 20, 2018 at 13:22
  • @ NOrbert, as far as what I want to do with it, i've been looking for a TAR GUI to back up to tape, which is beyond the capabilities of file roller and such, if I'm not wrong.
    – Gumbo
    Aug 20, 2018 at 13:24

You need to install qmake for Qt4 and development packages for it:

sudo apt-get install qt4-qmake libqt4-dev

then run make:

cd ~/Downloads
tar -xf targui-0.3_beta.tar.bz2
cd targui

and then run the application


but it segfaults on my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:

Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Then you should decide - what do you want to achieve by compiling application from 2008 year ten years after.
If you simply need graphical archival tool - you can use File Roller (on GNOME), Engrampa (on MATE) and so on.


In order to get targui not to segfault, the changes to mainwindow.cpp according to dsstorefile1 answer must be done BEFORE and NOT AFTER compiling, according to NOrbert answer.

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