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Old 05-16-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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Unhappy How can I open a program in SUSE linux?


Hi,

I'm a beginner in working with SUSE linux and I don't know how to run a program(for example firefox-4) in Linux :-/

when I type firefox it starts but I've downloaded firefox-4 and I wanna know how can I run this one instead of the old one.

I have the same problem with opening other programs... could u please help me?

Thank u
 
Old 05-16-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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It is a question of where the link in your menu points. If you know where the new app is located then either change the old link or better still using the menu editor add the new item and test it. If all is well delete the old link. This should work as I am assuming you have downloaded a binary. If not then you must compile the new version of the program. On the command line:

type $ find / appname
or $ locate / appname
or $ whereis appname

You could also update the search database in /etc.
 
Old 05-16-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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tar xvf firefox* && cd firefox/ && ./firefox
 
Old 05-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thank u

I opened firefox, but what about other applications that I've downloaded??

again thanks
 
Old 05-16-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
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Sorry, my crystal ball is in repair currently, which programs are you referring to?
 
Old 05-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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Why in the first place download anything ?

The supported versions of Suse = 11.3 , 11.4 ( 11.2 ) have a lot of software
included in the "Package Installer" ( Yast ) : 11,000 packages.
Or by using the command line :
Searching for a package : # zypper se <name> (Or part of name.)
Installing a package : # 'zypper in <package-name>

( Firefox 4 is included in Suse 11.4 ).
Which Suse are you using ? http://linuxsilo.net/docs/smart-questions_en.html
And which software is it about ? There are more than 10 different ways
to deal with software : Only a few will be a binary like Firefox.
Most of it have to be build before you can use it :
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hose-868413/#3
" Possible commands and scripts to be run to start building Linux software "

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