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I'm trying to install a theme in arch called Elegant Gnome. I thought it would be similiar to Mint, since that was running gnome. Instead, when I download the AUR for arch, I get a pkgbuild text file in a tar.gz. Not entirely sure where to go from here. I understand I'll be building the package, but what commands do I use? Google isn't finding what I'm looking for, or I'm not recognizing what it is redface.gif
    
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Greetz
If what you downloaded was a tar.gz, it is likely a source tarball file and you need to unpack it either with the "tar -zxvf foo.tar.gz" command or from a file manager. It will create a new directory "foo" and if in that you see a file called "INSTALL" open it with a text editor and follow the instructions.
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The tar command most always works, but I sometimes, for some reason, need to unzip it first with gunzip, then tar -zxvf it. From there you can do the standard
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./configure
make
make install

or just the archive manager gui.
I do like that theme though.
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Greetz
It is always worthwhile to check the INSTALL text file because they often list important and/or desirable options. That way you can configure while including specifics you want. Sometimes "./configure -help will reveal even more specific options.

Also, instead of "make install" (as root, btw) all distros have available package builders so you can build and install as a package so that it get's included in lists and utilities. Lately I have had to use Slackpkg for that but for years I used "Checkinstall" which can build debs, rpms. and slackpacks, It just has some incompatibilities with Slack now but it may work fine with yours. If not, there are others.
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makepkg
sudo pacman -U tar.xzfileitmade

Although you don't need to manually download any file from the AUR page other than the PKGBUILD file, which will download the tar file itself.
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