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

I have downloaded wine using the download location at the site. The download is a file.tar.bz2. I have extracted it and it gives me a lot of files but nothing that seems to be executable. How can I install it without using the software center?

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  • I recommend using sudo apt-get install wine – Seth Nov 30 '12 at 19:55


tar -xf file.tar.bz2
cd dir_name
sudo make install

*dir_name* is the same as file name but without file extension.

You would probobly need build-essential package before compiling.

You can install it by typing:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

Like iSeth said it's better and simpler to install Wine from repo by just typing:

sudo apt-get install wine

You have to compile it. It usually has a readme or an install text file which explains the steps to successfully install it.

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