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Install .tar files with KDE,RH 6.1

Recently I downloaded Star Office 5.1A in seven .tar files.  I use KDE, and am very unfamilier with Linux.  Is there a way to "un tar" and install this program using KDE ?  I can see the seven file icons, and when I click on them, I can see quite a few more.  When I click on the sub-files, I get an error message "could not list directory contents...etc."  I tried to drag the seven individual files to RPM, but that did not work.  The seven main files are numbered "SO51a lnx 01 n1.tar, SO51a lnx 01 n2.tar", etc.  The sub-folders are mostly "xx so51 inst/" files.  Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to be specific.  Thanks for any help.
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biardCommented:
Sounds like windows syndrome.  You need to go to a shell prompt, navigate to the folder where you saved all of the files.  Then run the command:

tar xvf SO51a*.tar

This should create the untarred directory structure you are looking for.  Then, there should be a configure file within the root directory created by this command for SO.  go there and run:

../configure

then run:

make

then run:

make install

That should set it up for you.  Read the Star Office Web site for installation instructions.  Also, in the folder created by the tar command, there will be README files.  One should be for installation.
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corrigan111499Author Commented:
Yes, you are right: it is Windows Syndrome.  I was hoping that there was a way to do this with KDE.  I saved the folders in my home directory.  I will try the shell prompt.  Can  I open a "terminal window" in my home directory to un-tar the files ?  Thanks for your quick response.
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biardCommented:
Yes.  Just open an Xterm window.  It should default to your home directory.  The ls command will show directory contents.  Use cd to change directories as in windows.
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corrigan111499Author Commented:
Thank you for your help.
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