Installing tar.bz2 help

Edwin McGuire mcguiresmain at
Wed Jun 16 17:41:29 UTC 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Patrick Doyle" <wpdster at>
To: "Ubuntu user technical support,not for general discussions" 
<ubuntu-users at>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: Installing tar.bz2 help

> On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM, Patrick Doyle <wpdster at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Edwin McGuire
>> <mcguiresmain at> wrote:
>>> Trying to install a newer version of VirtualBox that I have on a disk 
>>> that
>>> came on (LinuxUser & Developer Magazine). VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2
>>> Instructions in magazine say for Debian systems use:
>>> $ sudo apt-get install virtualbox_3.1
>> While I'm not an apt-get expert, I don't believe you can install
>> VirtualBox in this way.  Try something like this:
>> $ tar xjf /media/cdrom/VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2
>> Then cd into the directory that (hopefully, presumably, probably
>> called "VirtualBox" or "VirtualBox-3.1.4") was created and look for a
>> README or an INSTALL file to tell you what to do from there.
> ...poking around on the web a little, it seems like
> VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2 is the "Open Source Edition" -- the
> source code for VirtualBox.  I probably steered you in a direction
> that you may not want to go -- namely that of compiling and installing
> VirtualBox from scratch.
> I'm taking back what I said earlier about not being able to install
> VirtualBox the way you were trying.  Now I'm wondering if the
> publishers of the LinuxUser & Developer Magazine cleverly composed the
> CD so that it contains the .deb file in a standard location that
> apt-get would look on a CDROM.  You could try looking at
> /etc/apt/sources.list to see where that might be and see if the .deb
> file on the cdrom shows up there.
> That's all I've got for you.  Perhaps somebody who actually knows
> something could take over from here.
> --wpd

> Thanks for your help Patrick
I know  ( I think) theres a diff between tar.gz & tar.bz2, is there a help 
file in Karmic i can look at to learn more.
Thanks Ed

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