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Old 03-12-2004, 07:42 PM   #1
killswitch1968
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RPMs and shortcuts: Is there an easier way?


I've installed a number of rpms but whenever I do it just says "software successfully installed" and that's it. There are no shortcuts created and I have no idea where the program actually installed to or how to access it. I'm using KDE 3.1.3 and I just double click on the icons to run the rpm. Should I be doing something else? How do I make shortcuts appear *somewhere* or at least figure out how to access the program?

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Old 03-12-2004, 07:45 PM   #2
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No no, dont double click the rpm file....

Go to the folder where your rpm file is located, open a terminal in that folder and type

rpm -i [rpm file's name here]

and thats all, you also need to read the files labled "README" "INSTALL" and sometimes "TODO", they hold all the information you need on how to correctly get the program installed and runing.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 08:11 PM   #3
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Originally posted by /home/kyle
No no, dont double click the rpm file....

Go to the folder where your rpm file is located, open a terminal in that folder and type

rpm -i [rpm file's name here]

and thats all, you also need to read the files labled "README" "INSTALL" and sometimes "TODO", they hold all the information you need on how to correctly get the program installed and runing.
Okay thanks. I did the rpm -i thing and it just kind of... 'did it'. I don't know where it installed though, or where the readme/install/todo files are. Is there some default directory for all these files? I've been using rpmdrake that came with KDE 3.1.3 to install rpms thus far. That's bad?

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Old 03-12-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
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You can double-click if that's the way KDE is set up....no problem there.

Shortcuts are handled by your desktop environment / window manager. In this case it would be KDE. If "software successfully intalled", then the application is apparently available...try updating your menu or create an icon manually.

How to find it: type "which <application>" or "type -p <application>"

Last edited by mikshaw; 03-12-2004 at 08:16 PM.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 11:04 PM   #5
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You can also try with "kappfinder" command in conslole. It's app. that have it's own GUI so you will manage all taht you need easily..
There is also (although under Mandrake 9.2) a menudrake which will help you to re-build KDE menu. Also easy to use..
Or you can try with (as root) in console "updatedb" and then "locate <application>" then in output look where is directory with binaries for that application...
 
  


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