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Old 06-22-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Smile Where does installation software go by default or is there a default?


I have used UNIX for many years but a LONG time ago. I know mostly non-GUI commands and scripting. When installng Linux with the wonderful GUI's the most frustrating thing to me is half the time when I install a program I want to use there is no sign of it after installation. Nothing that I can find anyway. It's more than irritating to me. So, can anyone tell me if and where there may be a default location for installation. I know it's up to the developer but... Also, once found and "installed" if necessary, are there any tutorials on the mechanics of getting them to run from the GUI environment? I know there may be no pat answers but any pointers would be appreciated.

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Old 06-22-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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It's a good idea to let us know what distro you're using. Advice without this knowledge is going to be sketchy. If you mean "where are the executable files of my packages located, they are usually found in /usr/bin. If you compile them from source code the executables are typically installed in /usr/local/bin. If you get executables from non-package sources then they are usually placed in /opt. Take this advice with a very large YMMV since details will vary from one distro to another. In any event /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin are usually in your path so you can run them from the command line.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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It's a good idea to let us know what distro you're using.
Thanks... I appreciate your help. I guess the main reason I didn't say which one is that it's pretty consistant with most. I've tried/experimented with many distros over the years. The current one is Mint 15 Olivia.
 
Old 06-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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And is that the information you wanted?
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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Let me explain the process that causes the frustration better. Which I should have done in the beginning.

I find a program with the Software Manager that I'm interested in.
I click install and it does so with no apprearent problems.
Then NOTHING. No indication of it in the menu system, nothing in download etc. and using find I'm usually able to find pieces of it but nothing to explain usage etc.

Given this, what should be the next steps to getting the program functional?
 
Old 06-22-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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# 5 . http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/...n1/dpkg.1.html

This command will list the installed files : dpkg -L <package-name>

Finding the executable : $ dpkg -L <package-name> | grep bin

Package information : $ dpkg -I <package-name>

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Old 06-22-2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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Can you give examples of one or two programs you have installed where you have this problem? What are they called by the package manager?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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Off the top of my head I can't remember an exact example other then trying to install the Mate desktop. After doing that I logged off and looked to see if it was an option and it wasn't. This is a bit different I know and I'm REALLY a noob when it comes to the GUI so I give myself a little more slack with it. When I run into a program as described I'll let you know.
 
Old 06-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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# 5 . http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/...n1/dpkg.1.html

This command will list the installed files : dpkg -L <package-name>

Finding the executable : $ dpkg -L <package-name> | grep bin

Package information : $ dpkg -I <package-name>

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Thank you!!! Very helpful!
 
  


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