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Unpacking distribution file and setting up directories structure

PIL library is usually delivered as a part of support-sw package. It is however possible to compile it as a standalone package.

After downloading the distribution file, one has to move it to empty directory in which she/he has read and write access rights. Then the following should be done :

  gzip -d pil-1.8.2.tar.gz
  tar xvf pil-1.8.2.tar

First line uncompresses the distribution file, the second unpacks files from tar-file, usually creating several files and subdirectories. Main directory should contain among the others,,, configure files and autoconf subdirectory.

Bryan Irby 2004-10-05