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Old 05-02-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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Where does installed program go?

I am new with linux environment...I grew up with windows and i want to stay with linux cause its practically addictive and exciting....

I have a question to ask, everytime i install packages it seems to me that the program doesnt appear on the menu...just like in the windows or there are some application in linux are defined not to be seen on the menu...

And where do installed application went is it in /usr/local/bin directory?
can we modify the location of the application to be installed?

Just asking?
Old 05-02-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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Where the application goes depends on where the install scripts in the package decided to put it. Most RPMs seem to go into /usr/bin with their libs going into /usr/lib. When I compile from source I put things into /usr/local. In general, if you're using RPM, installpkg (Slackware), or DPKG (Debian) there's no way to modify where the application goes unless you want to tinker with the install script and rebuild the package. If you build from source, there's usually an option called --prefix to configure which you can use to tell it where to put the package.
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unlike windows, alot of stuff that you install in linux doesn't show up in the menus, although there are methods to get it on there. But usually, to make the process easier, install programs with the .rpm extensions--you can just click it and all the necessary components will be installed over various parts of the system. But look at the files that "come in the package"--there is usually an executable with a simple name in executable directories -- like /usr/bin , /bin , /usr/sbin....etc. After things are installed, you can just type that simple name into a console and the program will run


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