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Old 10-16-2004, 03:20 PM   #1
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Question RPM Installations

When you install a new package in Linux via the RPM. No new shortcuts are created, I guess. Is there a standard way of creating these shortcuts for applications. I installed Thunderbird email application a couple days ago and asked to have it be my default email application. But I can't find where to launch it. Thanks for the help in advance.
Old 10-18-2004, 03:58 PM   #2
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I am also new to linux and had the same problem. What I did (I dont know if it is right) but I found the installation directory and drag-and-dropped the shell script that launches the app on my desktop. It works.
Old 10-18-2004, 08:40 PM   #3
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When you install a new RPM package it usually creats a link to the application in /bin or /sbin. If you can't find a shortcut to the application you installed try opening up a terminal window or using the run command option from your task bar and type in



Once you find what command starts your newly installed application you can create a new link to applicaiton on your desktop and point it to that command.


Old 10-19-2004, 02:56 AM   #4
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You can query RPM to see exactly which files were installed to where for any given package. First query all and use grep to find the exact name of the package you're looking for...

rpm -aq | grep [search word]

Then you when you know the package name:

rpm -qvli [package name]

q=query, v=verbose, l=list files, i=information (will give you some info about the pkg before listing the files). The startup binary should be in a bin directory (/usr/bin/, usr/local/bin, etc.) as mentioned before.

This is also useful for finding icons and such.

Hey, I'm actually answering a question instead of asking one! Woo hoo!

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