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Install program from tar.bz2

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http://askubuntu.com – Could someone explain to me in the simplest way possible how to install a program from a .tar.bz2 file? I've looked this up and went through numerous tutorials but couldn't get it to work at all. Most replies to this question seem to be incomplete or intended for more advanced users. Let's say the file is located at /home/user/file.tar.bz2 I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. Edit I ran the command Rinzwind suggested and then opened the directory it created in the terminal. Next I ran ./configure and I got the following message when it finished. checking for BABL... no configure: error: Package requir (HowTos)