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Old 05-08-2005, 11:09 PM   #1
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general question

Windows puts installed programs into its Program Files folder; and placing any other necessary software in the Windows or System(32) folders.

Where do programs installed on linux go? What's the folder called? I can't seem to find them anywhere, and what I do find are simply executable files.

This came about when I was looking for my KDE program files. Where can I find these?
Old 05-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
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you may found your ans here

generally, if you want to locate a binary, e.g ls
at terminal type
which ls
Old 05-09-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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most distros have the program updatedb. Run it and it will update a database which contains all the files on your machine. Then use the locate command to find files.
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To go along with what oblivious said... there are several good tools for searching in Linux.

The first, is a tool called slocate. The slocate package usually comes with 2 or 3 executables (locate, slocate, and updatedb). Updatedb is typically slapped in a cron job that runs nightly. The other too are front ends to the database (I know.. they really are both front and back ends.. but lets not get too picky). See man slocate for more information.

The second tool is whereis. This will show you the location of the binary, and configuration tools that go with it. man whereis for more info.

The third is find. The find command is similar to the find command in DOS, but with completely different syntax. man find for more information.
Old 05-09-2005, 08:50 PM   #5
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thanks everyone for the info


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