I have had 3 Ubuntu computers in my (relatively short) linux lifetime. On every single one, I have never been able to install from a tarball. I've looked everywhere, but there seems to always be a different answer depending on what you're trying to install, and not always one for what I'm working with. This time, I'm trying to install tor and hoping for a different result, but lo and behold I get:
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory.
I just want an end-all answer as to why on every single Ubuntu machine I've had, I can't configure/install from a tarball.
Edit: the tarball I was trying to install from is the 64 bit linux download from https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en#downloads , and the only readmes in there are explanations of meek, proxies, etc. Nothing about install. I figured out Tor specifically though by not using ./configure at all, so that's done.
But the main problem is that I have never successfully installed from a tar file. No matter what I try to install, when I get to the ./configure step, I get a bash message.