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Old 10-09-2004, 01:05 PM   #1
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little question about apt

i was just wondering something that seems so simple i am embarrased to ask.
so when i have apt-get install somthing, how do i find out the execute command for it, how do i know what it is and is there a default lcation that it is send to? like /usr/bin/ or something. i apt-'got' bittornado the other day and its all installed but i have no idea how to run it. this has happened a few times with me, and i makes me feel stoopid eveytime it happens.
please have mercy on my ignorant brain
Old 10-09-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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You're quite right. Most application executables are in /usr/bin/, although some apps that come with x-window-system are in /usr/X11R6/bin/. You'll find most system administration apps (which you need to run as root) from /usr/sbin/.

If you're using a window manager (something other than KDE or Gnome), you should install "menu" package that updates Debian menus automatically when new apps are installed. Maybe the "menu" program also updates Debian menus in KDE and Gnome, but I'm not sure about this because I don't use KDE/Gnome.
Old 10-09-2004, 10:57 PM   #3
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There are serveral commands to try and help you find out what it's name is and where it is.

whereis command
locate command - its database updated nightly
man -k command or keyword
whatis command
apt-cache show package
Old 10-10-2004, 01:56 PM   #4
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You can get a list of files on the package website. The executables usually get placed in /usr/bin, so they usually show up as the first entries.

There's probably a local command that does this as well, but it escapes me at the moment.
Old 10-10-2004, 02:01 PM   #5
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dpkg -L package
package must already have been installed... i think.
the long option is --listfiles

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