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Old 05-16-2003, 07:08 PM   #1
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Help on Running Programs

I have been a MS user for over 20 years so Linux is a real culture shock to me. So, if I ask really stupid qustions it's just because I am totally new to this.

I need help running programs. For example:

I Installed the K3b Cd burning software and now I can't figure out how to run it. There is no shortcut and I have no idea where the executable file was installed or even what it's called.

Please Help,
Old 05-16-2003, 07:17 PM   #2
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Did you install it via rpm or from source? You may try opening up a shell and typing:


If that doesn't work try doing:

whereis K3b

If that returns nothing then do:

updatedb (Which will take a while)
locate K3b

Most programs are installed into /usr/local but it always depends on the type of application you are installing.
Old 05-16-2003, 07:18 PM   #3
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My experience has been that almost always the name of the program I've installed is all I need to run it. For example, I installed the xplns astronomy program, and to run it all I need to do is type "xplns" (without the quotation marks) in a terminal window. If you want to run the program in the "background," so that you can close the terminal window after you're through (or use it for something else), type it this way (without quotes): "xplns &" and the ampersand tells the system to run the program in the background.

If typing what you think is the name of the program doesn't work, try
"man [name you think it might be]" or "which [name you think it might be]" with different combinations that sound likely. "Man" will give you a rundown of the options you have when you run the program; "which" will show you the location of the program, in case you need to specify the directory it's in (unlikely). "whereis" (one word) is a command similar to "which" that you can also use.

Hope this helps.
Old 05-16-2003, 11:32 PM   #4
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Than You

Thanks a bunch. I'll get this Linux stuff down eventually.



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