Assuming that tar file name is xyz.tar.gz
First, you need to untar file using tar command.
Change directory (so that you can compile):Code:tar -zxvf xyz.tar.gz
Run configure command:Code:cd xyz
In short you need 3 commands:Code:make install
You may also find README or README.txt or INSTALL file with each tar ball. Take print out of the same for detailed instructions.Code:./configure make make install