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Old 01-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Launching a program


I recently installed a new package. However, I don't know how to find it and execute it. (I'm in Ubuntu 10-11.) Similar threads and Googling it hasn't helped. How do I do this from the GUI and also from the command line? I would be very grateful for a clue.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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What is the package and how did you install it?
 
Old 01-24-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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If you used apt-get, you might be able to find the executable in /usr/bin but without knowing what package it is, can't offer much more!
 
Old 01-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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The program is "Gramps", a genealogical program. I installed it from the software manager. Why does the program make any difference?
It seems to me that I should be able to point and click. If I could find it, that is.
 
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I just installed it on Debian. whereis gramps tells me it is in /usr/bin. Try starting it from the command line with gramps.

It that works, use your menu editor to add it to the menu.
 
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I just installed it in Debian and it installed to /usr/bin. You can run "whereis gramps" from the command line to see if that's where it is on your box.

Try starting it from the command line with the command "gramps." If it starts, add it to the menu with your menu editor.
 
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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OK. Thanks. But are all programs started this way? It seems very complicated to a Newbie accustomed to Windows. I tried executing from the software manager on the desktop. That showed me the program along with a blurb, but there was no way to launch it. Well, live and learn. Thanks much again.
 
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All programs are started this way. It is just that you have desktop icons created beforehand for those which you usually see icons.
 
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If you are using Gnome or KDE or some other desktop environments, programs that conform to the desktop specification will be added to the menu automatically.

If you are using most window managers (I use Fluxbox and must configure the menu myself) or if the program does not conform to the desktop specification, you will usually have to add it to the menu manually.

In this case, I suspect that the program does not conform to the desktop specification.

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Old 01-26-2012, 07:26 AM   #10
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Launching a program

Thanks. I am sorry but I don't understand a word of your post
 
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:45 AM   #11
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Some programs will automatically put the shortcut into the menus for you (if they follow the desktop specification). There are a few that do not. Sometimes, after a reboot or a logoff and log back on it will show up in the menu. Many of the installations using the software manager will add it to the menu for you.

If it did not appear in the menu you can use the menu editor to add it wherever you want it to be on the menu.

Do you mean you are on Ubuntu 11.10? If so you can use unity desktop to easily find the program.

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:48 AM   #12
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OK. Thank you.
 
  


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