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Old 10-03-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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Packages seemingly install fine with zypper but can't be run and aren't in menus

I'm not sure how to describe this because no-one else on the internet seems to have had anything even vaguely resembling this problem. I'm trying to install wxPython for openSUSE 11.3 (which seems to be called python-wxGTK which is fine).

I don't think it's a problem with that particular package because I seem to remember something going wrong ages ago, the last time I installed something, but it didn't affect that particular install so I paid no notice. I'm sorry, that was a really vague statement and won't help anyone in the slightest. Anyway, the reason I think that event was relevant is that ever since then my Gnome menus have been out of sync - the new package I installed didn't appear on the menu.

Anyway, onto actual useful stuff. Just as a test case (to see that nothing was wrong with wxPython) I installed another small application with zypper (just the standard sudo zypper install moneyplex). zypper didn't complain at all and as far as I know it went perfectly.

solitaira@linux-wkco:~> rpm -qa | grep moneyplex
looks good. Problems start now:
solitaira@linux-wkco:~> whereis moneyplex
solitaira@linux-wkco:~> which moneyplex
which: no moneyplex in (/home/solitaira/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/games:/usr/lib/jvm/jre/bin:/usr/lib/mit/bin:/usr/lib/mit/sbin:.)
Now I don't know much about $PATH variables or anything so maybe there's something wrong with that but it looks the same as it's always looked to me, I guess.

I don't know how else to find where the package has been installed. I went browsing through every folder I could think of and actually found moneyplex (my test case) in /opt but couldn't find python-wxGTK (not that I searched very hard).

The internet tells me zypper just automagically installs packages to the place the package wants to be installed but it seems really strange to me that I wouldn't be able to run them afterward so I'm sure there must be a problem. Oh, yeah, and I've tried doing all of the above with Yast as well and it doesn't help unsurprisingly.

I'm not really expecting much help because this doesn't seem like a problem often faced by people and I've done an atrocious job of explaining myself, sorry! But if anyone could explain how to find out where wxPython was installed maybe that would help me a lot. Even if it's just a weird workaround. I eventually just want to be able to write
import wx
in my Python code and have it work... Anyway any help is appreciated of course. Thanks in advance. I have no idea what's going on so please let me know what other info I can provide.
Old 10-03-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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First, find out where zypper installed things. As root, update your locate database using the command updatedb. When it's done, try "locate -i moneyplex". You may find it installed somewhere outside of the path you listed, such as /sbin, /usr/sbin, or even /opt.

If you find it in your path, exit root and try to start it as user from the command line. If it still fails to start, you may at least see the error messages.

You should also inspect log files in /var/log for error messages.


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