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.tgz and some other questions...

Posted by FatalDragon [send private reply] at August 31, 2002, 10:48:34 AM

Sorry for my barrage of question as of late,
but most of the linux programs I download are in .tar.gz or .rpm extensions, but occasianly I come accross some that end with .tgz. What is ".tgz"? Is it the the same as .gzm just made tobe 3 letters, like .html and .htm?

On to question two.
I downloaded several programs to my XP machine, burned them to a CDRW, and was going to put them on my Linux machine. But, the CDRW wouldn't mount, is it because the CDROM on the Linux pc is only 24x? Would it make any difference if it were a CDR rather than a CDRW?

Finally, my last question...
Does downloading Linux files onto XP, distort, or mess (liek mess the estensions up) with the files?

Posted by FatalDragon [send private reply] at August 31, 2002, 10:55:54 AM

Oh, one more real quike question! Will Red Hat RPMs work on Slackware 8.0, or only on Red Hat? ThanX again!

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at August 31, 2002, 11:09:50 AM

.tgz is shorthand for .tar.gz. You can extract them with gunzip and then tar, or tar -xzf filename, where z means run the file through gunzip first.

Downloading a file to a Windows XP partition (more specifically a FAT32 or NTFS partition) should have no side effects. It just writes the bytes into a file. However, you should be aware of the difference in text files in Linux and Windows.

- taubz

Posted by FatalDragon [send private reply] at August 31, 2002, 11:34:25 AM

Okay, thanx!
One day I downloaded some files that ended in .tar (no .gz or .tgz) and Windows interpreted them as being 300MB, even though they where just text files that were like 200KB.

Posted by buzgub [send private reply] at August 31, 2002, 11:41:18 PM

RPMs will not work straight off in slackware. However, there is a program could "alien" that can convert rpms to slackware .tgz packages. Your mileage may vary.

However, slackware has a reputation for being quite difficult to use. Given that you had to ask these questions, I doubt that you're ready for it.

Posted by FatalDragon [send private reply] at September 01, 2002, 01:02:18 PM

Oh, I had no problem installing it, I got X configuared for Root, and it ran pretty good, but X wouldn't run for regular users.
So, I switched back to Red Hat. RH seems to run faster than Slak did.

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