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Old 05-07-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Where does Ubuntu Software Center install files that are not in its repository?


I downloaded the MoneyDance tarball. I used Alien to convert it to deb. I used Ubuntu Software Center to install it. Now I can't find it! I've looked through the forums and followed what advice I could find but still can't locate or run MoneyDance. Ubuntu Software Center says it is installed...but WHERE??? Anybody want to tackle this one in SIMPLE SIMPLE English?

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Old 05-07-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Hello,

What do you mean you can not find it? Are you talking about within the menus? Have you tried running it from the terminal? If anything, you can definitely run it from the terminal.... You can also use the find command and/or use the locate command to track the files down.

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Old 05-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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Why do you need to know where it is? If you're just trying to run it the easiest way is usually just to type the name of the application.

ALT+F2 moneydance [enter key]
 
Old 05-07-2011, 05:38 PM   #4
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Saiprem, Ubuntu installs everything from apt-get and through a .deb in /usr/bin/ (if that's what you're referring to) and anything compiled from source is typically placed in /usr/local/bin/.

The reason you can not find it immediately afterward is because you need to reindex the system. Ubuntu does this automatically, although when I last used Ubuntu it was very buggy and I always had to disable the thing, but it only does it once a day.

To update it manually, run:
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sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb
And that will repopulate the locate database. Then locate what you're looking using the 'locate' command. 'Find' will also work, but, as it searches manually through all the directories, this is much slower. It's simpler just to update the index to have it ready to go.

Also, sometimes command names aren't exactly the same as what you'd think. It could be capitalized (running commands is case-sensitive), it could be 'moneyd' or 'mdance' or even just 'md'. This should be located in the README in the tar.

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Old 05-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm working on your suggestions now. ALT+F2 moneydance [enter key] didn't work!
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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It's not in the menus. I tried running it from terminal and I tried finding it from a terminal and nothing.
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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sudo: /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb: command not found
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #8
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Go to System > Preferences > Main Menu. Look through the lists and tick the box that will enable it in your menu. If it is not in the main menu list at all then you will need to run it from terminal.
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:36 PM   #9
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sudo: /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb: command not found
sudo is not followed by a colon, only a single space.
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:37 PM   #10
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I just noticed one thing.... You said you downloaded a tar ball file and then converted it using alien; Why didn't you just manually compile it?
 
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Go to System > Preferences > Main Menu. Look through the lists and tick the box that will enable it in your menu. If it is not in the main menu list at all then you will need to run it from terminal.
Agreed. I've had that issue with packages from the repos on 10.04.
 
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Agreed. I've had that issue with packages from the repos on 10.04.
It is happening on a few Debian based distros now, I installed Skype last week and had to go into Main Menu to enable it in the menu and that was on my Squeeze laptop.

Good catch Corp, I didn't see that until you pointed it out.
 
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