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I can't install anything in .tar.gz format because it tells me make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. What do I do?

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    .tar.gz files are just compressed archives (tar stands for TapeARchive and gz stands for GZipped) You will have to extract the contents to a folder, typically something like tar xvzf filename.tar.gz Then cd to the folder (it will include any necessary .make files) and run any necessary commands to build the software and install it. Typically ./configure make and make install (this last one may require sudo appended to it. Consult the readme files usually included in the archive. – hmayag Feb 4 '14 at 21:12
  • I've done that. It says no makefile found – kookman98 Feb 4 '14 at 22:11
  • Can you provide some more information? What files were extracted? What is the full name of the .tar.gz? Where did it come from? – user3121023 Feb 4 '14 at 23:11
  • .tar.gz file; p7zip_9.20.1~dfsg.1.orig.tar.gz output – kookman98 Feb 5 '14 at 0:38
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    If there is no .make file then perhaps there's a binary installer or shell script (.sh). Ordinarily there should be a install or readme text file with instructions on how to procceed. – hmayag Feb 5 '14 at 8:04
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something you are missing ... either name not correctly spelled ... i will refer you to this

Error when installing Makefile: "make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop."

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  • No such file or directory – kookman98 Feb 4 '14 at 20:54

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