how to run programs in linux?

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  1. striker_1909

    striker_1909 New Member

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    dear friends,

    I am new to linux . I want to run thunderbird mail client, firefox browser etc on linux. But after uncompressing i am just left with a folder with files.

    I want to know how to run the program .

    Kindly help

    Regards,
    Atul
     
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    To run an executable file in linux, browse to its directory and type ./filename

    So if the file is firefox-installer, run

    ./firefox-installer

    from the directory you uncompressed it into.

    If it works, then fine.

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    If what you have after uncompressing is the source files (you will generally have files called Makefile and configure in the directory) you should follow the instructions provided.

    Supposing there is a file called INSTALL which has the installation instructions, run

    vi INSTALL

    or use your favourite text editor.

    Generally, the following steps are involved -

    ./configure
    make
    make install
     
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