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Old 08-31-2003, 01:58 PM   #1
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Question Where do RPM files go after I run them?

I'm not really sure of the Linux file organization. That being said, when I run an RPM package...where do the files go? I've used Windows and am able to specify and find the files to an application, however in Linux it seems as though the RPM puts it where it wants to.

I will admit to running the RPM from the Konquerer windows by right clicking and choosing install files. The RPM does it's stuff and that's message etc... I don't know how to run the application. if you need to know what I am trying to install, that would be MySQL.

Thanks for the help.
Old 08-31-2003, 02:04 PM   #2
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RPMs are prebuilt install files that contain path specifications. It is upto the writer of the rpm package where they go. To see where the files have gone:
rpm -ql packagename
Old 08-31-2003, 02:06 PM   #3
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That's a bit more in depth, but to answer your question generically first:

RPM's (and other's for that matter) choose to install it's components to generally accepted default locations. For the libs that'd be /usr/lib for the binary it's usually /usr/bin /usr/local/bin and/or /usr/sbin /usr/local/sbin (super user). But it really shouldn't matter because the location tends to be located within your $PATH variable. What this is, is a set of directories that are setup for you that are searched when the binary is typed into a run box, or into a terminal (command line).

So, to execute said binary, you'd either open up a run box in a desktop environment and type the name of the program:
mysql (just an example, this should only work for X applcations in reality)
And the program will run, OR
open up a terminal, and type the same thing to start the program from there. There is no need to know the location of all the files that were installed from running the RPM.

That said, MySQL is different

Normally you don't run mysql, but rather a front end for it. If you are experienced enough or have a set of instructions to pass to MySQL via the command line, that's fine. You'll need to get into mysql first, so open up a command line and type:
mysql -u username -p

And it should prompt you for the username's password. By default I believe the only user setup will be the root user, and this user has no password, so set one up immediately. You'll need to have the mysqld (daemon) running to connect to it, and all of this AND MORE should be covered in the documentation at and/or your distro's documentation if that's where you got the RPM from

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Thanks both of you for the help. I'm trying to ween myself from the windows way of doing and go.....then crash


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