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I've never heard of amsn, but i think that redhat (if that's what you are using) comes with gaim... it's a nice one because you can connect to lots of networks (yahoo, ms, aol). I don't know, if you can't get amsn to work, you should try that one
somethign to point out to you would be that it generally doesn't matter where the executable is, it'll be /usr/local/bin probably, but wherever it is should be on your path, so you've no need to know where it is
Hey Loco_g welcome to Linuxquestions....if your running KDE 3.> try using Kmess it is a real good Msn messenger for linux, comes with the basics like send/receive file transfers, font, etc. etc, give it a search on sourceforge or take a look at apps.kde.com (it may be down, because i tried going onto it earlier today and it never worked)
Yeh gaim is excellent, but i am not sure why i use it i use AMSN, probably cause of its UI, its still buggy, on my RH 7.3 i use kMess which is real good but works with 3.> im running MDK 8.2 with only 2.2> so it won't run...well yeh enough about me lol
but why does it not matter where the executable is?
i use mandrake 8.2 and kde and when i installed the rpm it just says thankyou and click finish but there was no shortcut or anything to run it so i had to search for it to use it.
You have to make your own shortcuts...if you wish to make it one the desktop you right click, go to Create New, then Link To Application, Then all you mainly need to do is fill in the General and Executable Tabs. where executable is you put in the command (in this case amsn) or you browse for the executable....
tar -xvzf filename.tar.gz
tar -xvzf filename.tgz to decompress the archive.
Then the process of installation may be different in different packages. The most usual way is ( if u can find a configure file in the directory)
And as for your question on why you wouldn't have to search for it...
MOST rpm's and tarballs (tgz tar.gz) during the install phase of them will place the executable file into what is known as your $PATH. Not an exact definition, but it'll work:
Your PATH is a known location of directories on your system, containing the executable files for your programs. Having the file your path keeps you from having to type out ABSOLUTE path. Meaning, that if /usr/bin is in your PATH (which is should be btw) then if you place an executable file in that directory, you can type from ANY location on your system just the name of the executable file, and it will execute. An example would be 'cp'. CP is located in your path, so everytime you want to cp something (copy) in the command line, all you do is type cp filename /path/to/filename and that's it. NOT /bin/cp /path/to/file /path/to/file That would get old after 2 times.
So to my point.. If you have a program you install via RPM method, more than likely it will place this file in your path, and then execute by just typing the name of the program.
Example: Installing Opera:
rpm -Ivh opera-6.0.i586.rpm
Then all you have to type to execute opera after the install:
So I hope this helps clear some things up for you on $PATH and installing files