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How to install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file?

I had already tried many things but none of them worked. I've tried tar xzf file.tar.gz(replacing file by the package name). I'm using 12.04.1 precise pangolin.

marked as duplicate by Tachyons, user76204, ajmitch, RolandiXor, stephenmyall Nov 14 '12 at 19:23

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Untar the file using command

 tar xjvf tarball_package.tar.bz2

or

 tar xzvf tarball_package.tar.gz

If there is a .deb(Precompiled binaries) file in the extracted package. You can install it using command dpkg -i package_name.deb

If its a source file then you need to compile it using the following commands.

./configure 
make
make install

For more information read this Ubuntu help page