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Old 01-07-2003, 02:38 PM   #1
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finding programs in terminal?

What is the command for finding a program and all of its files/dir's in the terminal? I forgot it was something simple like "blank <programname>". Basically I installed a program but it doesnt show up anywhere on the launcher and I want to find out where its at. I really need to get a book on this stuff. Thanks
Old 01-07-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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Well, you can do a couple of things:
you can do "which {programname}" which will tell you where the program binary lives.
you can do 'find "{programname}*" ' to find every occurance of the programname and any thing else that uses the programname for a prefix to itself.

ie: find "foo*" would find /usr/local/foo, /usr/local/foo/bar.ksh, ./foobar.ksh, /, usr/lib/ etc...
Old 01-07-2003, 08:16 PM   #3
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I like to use the "locate" utility. You have to do a "uptatedb" first to make a database of everything on your system, then do "locate foo" or whatever. I use it more than "find /usr foo" or something like that because it looks for the "foo" in ANY file name, so you can get stuff like, where just using "find" won't give you that.

find, locate, and whereis are what I usually use.... I'm sure there's more.
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