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Old 08-05-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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Unhappy Installation Questions.

I would like to know when you install a program in linux, where does it go? and how do you execute it? I notice no icons appear on the desktop like in windows. Everytime i want to execute a program i install like for example Firefox i have to open up a terminal and then go into the directory and do a ./firefox There has to be a better way than this. Thank you for your time on this matter.

I want to point out also that everybody on here has been very helpful to me, during my newbie months with linux. Thanks once again.
Old 08-05-2005, 11:35 AM   #2
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For apps that don't create a desktop shortcut, here is how I create them.

From a terminal type

whereis <programname> <---replace that with the name of the app

Right-click on the desktop - select new-link to application.
Choose an icon, give it a name, and then copy the result of whereis above (/usr/bin/whatever) to the "command" line. Normally that is all there is to it.
Old 08-05-2005, 11:42 AM   #3
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program binary generally go into /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin.

check your path

$ echo PATH
to check if the above directories exist in your path...if they are there...then

you just need to open up a terminal and give the name of the binary

$ firefox
If you want to put icons, like **windows**. You would have to tell us what desktop environment you use. GNOME or KDE or other...

In GNOME and KDE, you can just put a launcher (if it is not there already) and associate the binary with it. With XFCE and other miniamilist desktop environments you cannot put anything on the screen...and you would have to use another tool called

Old 08-05-2005, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Thanks.

I tired the first option and it worked out just fine. Now when i install future stuff i know how to go about it. Yeah i forgot to mention that i'm using KDE. I was going to ask also where do must linux installs go? but that was answered already. Thanks once again.


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