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Old 08-30-2007, 01:13 PM   #1
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Opening a newly installed package.

  • I have Dapper.
  • I installed "hardinfo" from Synaptic, it says it is installed.
  • I can find it by searching, but don't know how to USE it.
  • It isn't listed in my Applications.
  • Sudo dpkg says it is installed and is the latest version.
I have trouble with this quite a bit. How do I use a package after I've installed it. Sometimes they show up, sometimes they don't. I know I am the culprit, other posts aren't clearing it for me. Thanks
Old 08-30-2007, 01:26 PM   #2
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Some packages include a 'something.desktop' file (usually placed in /usr/share/applications). If they do, an entry appears in the desktop menu. The vast majority of executables do not have menu entries - a typical installation will have a thousand or more executables, which would make for a very crowded menu.

If you'd like to add an application to the menu, you can simply copy an existing .desktop file for an application in the menu section of interest, and edit it. It's a simple, self explanatory text file. Usually the only things you'll need to change are:

Name= The name as it appears in the menu
Comment= The text that appears as you hover over the menu entry (optional)
Icon= The icon to associate with the entry (optional)
Exec= The name of the program to run. You can also include options.
Old 08-30-2007, 01:29 PM   #3
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  • I have Gutsy.
  • I installed "hardinfo" from Synaptic, it says it is installed.
  • It is listed in my Applications.


If it doesn't appear here try KMenu>Run Command>(Type)Hardinfo

You can create a menu item if you wish.
Old 08-30-2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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Thank you, I was going to user/share, but not to the App section, instead to Doc...much obliged for all the extra help.


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