I've never participated in the tarball testing, because I didn't know how, and didn't like the idea of ditching my git version. However, in the last six months, building from git has become almost second nature. Leo Franchi (lfranchi) helpfully explained how to build from a tarball, in three easy steps. Step one, download. If you have never used wget, it is worthwhile learning, because it is super EASY and FAST. In this case, the command was
cd ~/kde/src/ ~/kde/src$ wget http://xyz.net/~account/amarok-2.3.2.tar.bz2wgetOnce it downloaded, oh so quickly, it was time to untar the file, thus:
~/kde/src$ tar xf amarok-2.3.2.tar.bz2And then build as usual:
cd $HOME/kde/build/amarok ~/kde/build/amarok$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$HOME/kde -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debugfull $HOME/kde/src/amarok(I did cmake in case it was needed, perhaps it isn't)
~/kde/build/amarok$ make -j3 && make installIn a very few minutes, it was built and running successfully!
Thanks to all the Amarok developers who have helped me learn how to help out this year.
Note: because I was already running Amarok built from git, all the directories were set up, and dependencies installed. If you are building an app from a tarball for the first time, it will be a bit more complicated, as you must set up your directories and install any dependencies too. There is usually a README file (text file) which you can open and use as your guide to installation.