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Old 09-25-2006, 08:03 PM   #1
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Can't find newly installed programs

I have successfully installed Mandrake 9.1 on an oldworld Mac--and learned a lot about Linux in the process. But obviously not enough.
Using rpmdrake, I installed some KDE programs yesterday.
I didn't pay attention to what I'd chosen--some games for my spouse, and I'm not sure what else.
Now I don't know where to find them or how to run them when I do find them.
Old 09-25-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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KDE comes with an app finder that should let you edit your menu to include all the programs KDE is aware of.

You can always start the program from the command line. If your not sure of the full name start it, then press tab and it will give you a list of programs that start with those letters.
Old 09-26-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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KDE Games

Welcome to the magical world of Linux!

Many KDE games can be put on the Start sub-menu bar by right clicking on the 'Start' button, then left-click on 'Menu Editor.' The rest escapes me, but I believe there is a button to refresh the menus, and to include 'ALL' software or some such. If the system finds the links to the games, then hit the 'Save' option and you should be good to go.

I had to do this every so often after installing games through KDE on my old Mandriva workstation.

If this helps you out - or points you in the right direction - then __please__ post back here with the right directions for others!

Deion "Mule" Christopher
Old 09-26-2006, 07:56 PM   #4
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Figured it out, sort of.

Thanks for your help!!
I went back and reinstalled the kde game package and this time it all appeared on the menus. At least now I can shoo my husband to this computer for solitaire when someone else wants to use a faster one.

I still don't know how to run an executable file, though. For instance, there's one called 'fortune' in '/usr/games'. If I click on it in Konqueror, there is some churning, then nothing. If I type '/usr/games/fortune' under 'Run command', same thing. I made a 'link to application' (probably incorrectly) and that didn't work.

I would really like to install FireFox, but ran into the same problem--once I copied it into /usr/bin (per a post I saw somewhere), I couldn't figure out what to run or how to run it.

I bought the 'Linux Bible', but it's pretty worthless as a reference. Any suggestions on a good book to look stuff up?
Old 09-26-2006, 11:10 PM   #5
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Run Firefox

You can run Firefox from its directory.
If you click on the script(looks like a file) "firefox" inside KDE it will start up. If you want to start it from the command line:

cd /path to firefox directory
the dot slash is used to run a bash script(program).

If you want to install firefox system wide go to the firefox help page on installing firefox. It will explain it a lot better than I can.
(I cannot post the below text as a link but it is the page you are looking for).


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