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Old 06-14-2008, 11:15 PM   #1
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Where is executable file after package installation?

One of my frustrations in Linux after being a DOS/DRDOS/DESQVIEW/OS2/WIN3.1/WIN95/WIN98/WINXP is finding the program after installation. Then creating an icon on the desktop.

Any easy suggestions? <grin>

Also I wish DEBIAN would include the ATI Mobility X700 drivers, or at least make it easy to install. Just get a blank screen at thexwindow login terminal.

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Guess I need to look for a local LUG.
Old 06-14-2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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ATI drivers won't be something that show up in the menu. You need to configure your xorg.conf. Search this site for "ati xorg.conf". There have been many posts on it.
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The 'absolutely essential' tools will be in /bin and /sbin. Most others are in /usr/bin and /usr/sbin. Some are in /usr/local/whatever. Graphical executables are sometimes installed in weird places, but they need a symlink in the 'PATH' directories or the system cannot find them; I have a few in /usr/games though. To locate something, use the 'whereis' command:

whereis bash

bash: /bin/bash /etc/bash.bashrc /usr/share/man/man1/bash.1.gz

Generally, I only install software which did not come as a Debian package into the /usr/local directories (so I can locate and delete them easily when they conflict with a Debian package). Sometimes Debian packages use /usr/local and I don't really understand why. And of course, all users can install their own executables in their home directories (and some very silly or nasty users would install the occasional executable in the /tmp directory or any other system directory they have write permissions on).
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You can usually find anything on the system using "find" or "locate". Look at "man X". Where X is whatever you want the user's manual for(ex; man find).
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Assuming you are using Gnome, you should be able to find a menu item for any installed program. Among the choices offered in a right click on that menu item will be "Add Icon to Desktop."

Also I wish DEBIAN would include the ATI Mobility X700 drivers
Obviously, you have no concept of Debian's position regarding non-free software.


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