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Old 06-25-2006, 08:17 AM   #1
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executable files

I am trying to set up JBidWatcher on suse 10.1.

The first thing I would like to know is: Is there a specific place in the file system where applications should be installed?

2) Does every program have to be installed from a Terminal program?

3) How do I get a program I have installed to show up in the "Run Application" GUI of the List of Known Applications?

4) Knowing that an executable in Window$ has an .exe file extension, what do the executables look like in linux? In Jbidwatcher I have to tell it to open up a browser, but I don't know where to point it. Let's say I want to open Firefox, or Sea monkey, or opera in Suse 10.1, how is that accomplished?

5) double clicking on this .jar file opens the compressed file in a new window. I realize that I can extract all of those files to a folder, but is there a way to install it by dounble-clicking on a file within that folder.

I am willing to learn this myself, I just need a little direction. I haven't received a response from the author of Jbid, so I'm branching out. Thanks for your help and patience.

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Old 06-25-2006, 08:30 AM   #2
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1.) There are certain directories where the executables should go. They're named in the .bashrc in the home directory or /etc/profile. See #3 for normal examples.

2.) Pretty much, or you can get a program that automates it (in KDE, Kinstaller).

3.) If the program is in one of the executable directories (bin, sbin, usr/bin, usr/sbin, etc.) and you restart your GUI, then it'll show up in the list. Most executables are moved to one of these when you type "make install".

4.) There's no such thing as a file extension in Linux. The computer looks at it to analyze what type of file it is. You could name all of your executables .nonexecutable, then go in a terminal or the run window and type firefox.nonexecutable and watch firefox. So most of the time executables have no extension. You open executables by typing the name of the executable ("firefox") in a terminal if it's in the executable search path. If you're in the same directory as the executable, type "./" followed by the name of the executable ("./firefox").

5.) No. You need to extract it first and then follow the instructions.
Old 06-25-2006, 08:39 AM   #3
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ok, now I have something to work with. Thanks for all of your help. I really appreciate it.

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