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Old 03-19-2003, 04:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Where do the installs go????????

Ok I know this is a moronic question but...when i install an rpm where does that install go?

I'm trying to install the XMMS-MP3 and I didn't get any error messages or anything strange but now I can't find it.

So that is why I ask ... When a package installs where do they go?

Yes I'm a Linux nOOb -- laugh all you want

Old 03-19-2003, 05:08 PM   #2
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Nobody is gonna laugh at you - everyone here has probably asked the exact same question sometime!

Where the stuff from an RPM goes depends on the RPM itself. Every program is different, and any particular RPM is likely to install stuff in /usr/bin, /usr/share, /usr/doc, /etc, /usr/lib, or a bunch of other places. If you want to find out what exactly was installed by a particular RPM, open up a terminal window and type this:

rpm -ql whatever

(where whatever is the name of the RPM package). That's a lowercase L there, not the numeral 1. So for your example, try:

rpm -ql xmms-mp3

If you don't know the exact name, you can view a list of ALL installed RPMs by typing:

rpm -qa

If you know part of the name, just pipe the above command into grep, like so:

rpm -qa | grep 'lib'

This will show all packages with the word 'lib' somewhere in their name.

If you type:

man rpm

You can see a whole ton of other useful options that RPM provides. You can find out what RPM owns a particular file, or what RPM depends on what other RPM... very cool stuff! Try doing that with the software that's installed with Windows

Good luck!
Old 03-19-2003, 05:09 PM   #3
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locate xmms
Old 03-19-2003, 05:16 PM   #4
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wapcaplet & onurb thanks the help... I'm trying to bone up on linux before my class starts and my head is beginning to spin.

I've had nothing but trouble getting my PC to work with RH8 on an Asus A7N8X board and it hasn't been pretty. In fact I decided that since I was having so many problems with the Current version of RH that I couldn't be that bad off running Phoebe. So far OOB everything is working, except the nvnet card. This isn't that big of a deal though --I use the 3com in Windows and wanted it to work for Linux too.

Anyways Thanks

I'll give this a try

EDIT: Thanks for the info it worked. Now on to my next learning experience...

Last edited by VoyagerDL; 03-20-2003 at 07:09 AM.
Old 03-20-2003, 06:29 AM   #5
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Thanks from me too. I found these hints very helpful as a newbie.

Old 03-20-2003, 07:46 AM   #6
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Glad to help
Old 03-20-2003, 08:19 AM   #7
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Excellent hints. Thanks to all.
Old 03-20-2003, 01:25 PM   #8
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It's worth noting that in general you shouldn't need to worry about where programs are installed to - it all should work without that knowledge. Normally to run an app from the command line, just type its name


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