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Old 04-25-2003, 09:00 PM   #1
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Easy Newbie Question

I have recently begun to install apps not included with RH or Mandrake. For example I installed netscape.

On a Windows sys I know I can go to Start>Programs> there a certain place where programs go by default in Linux?

I do not recall getting to choose during install.

Also, when I do a "locate netscape" a bunch of locations come up, but none seem to be the actual "executable." I know there are no exe's in Linux, but how do I find what I need to click on to run the actual application?


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Old 04-25-2003, 09:07 PM   #2
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use this instead: "locate bin/netscape".. that will narrow down the field of possible binaries. Once you've located the correct one, you can use a menu editor to add it to your menu, or add to a toolbar or desktop
Old 04-26-2003, 03:08 AM   #3
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there are standards, but they really only cover the
binary or link to the binary. you never really know where
stuff is going to be installed, you just learn over time.
lots of stuff gets installed in /usr/lib/
if you type which netscape
you can find the binary that runs, assuming it's name is
netscape. sometimes it is a symlink and you can
ls -l /usr/bin/netscape, and it will point somewhere else.
sometimes you can ldd /usr/bin/netscape and see
some of the files the program is linked against. in the
case of netscape, you cannot. Often a find command
like find /usr -name "nets*" -print
will turn up a bunch of what you want.
netscape communicator usually installs in /usr/lib/netscape
Old 04-26-2003, 08:22 AM   #4
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The shortcut icon should appear somewhere (SuSE = in "Start" -> Internet -> WWW).
If you cannot find it just add a sortcut on your desktop menu manually (KDE = right click "Start" button -> Menu Editor).
Create the sortcut icon in desktop (KDE = right click anywhere in desktop space -> create new -> link to application...)

To find the executable in konsole you can run:
whereis netscape

Have fun :-)


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