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Old 11-27-2004, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hello, I am back again sorry but I am having problems when installing software. I select the package proftpd to be installed and I install it. Now the problem begins. where is it? Why do they not tell you this. All it takes is a little message saying hey this is where your program is. I guess that makes too much sense. You would think that the file you need to execute would have the same name as the program. Once again this makes too much sense who would think that in order to start samba you type smb you should type samba to start samba yes its longer however much more work in the long run trying to find out that you have to type smb instead. I have been told to use find files well this would be a logical thing to do right? wrong mandrake has serious issues with finding files it takes forever sometimes hours. command line or gui. I dont care about having a link on my desktop or my start menu as long as I know how to execute the program I just installed. This is a pathedic problem. I go to google and ask how to install proftpd, I find a walkthrough but this walkthrough stops after the install does not tell me where the package was installed. Not much to do now how do you search for this. I tried where is proftpd. location of proftpd. How to use proftpd now this one gave me a result but the tutorial begins saying "now start proftpd". This is funny I can setup a cisco 2600 series router in a building like 3m and make access control lists have a very complex network running great but I cant seem to manage the chaos of linux. I like linux because I have never had a piece of crap adware program on it or virus for that matter. But in linux there is no standard its like the middle east it fights itself. There needs to be a standard for installation and a standard folder for your programs. I know that this folder is supposed to be /usr/bin or just /bin however this is not so sometimes my programs are installed in places you would never imagine to find them. Programs should be installed to a specific directory unless told by the user to be installed to a different directory. I was told that I can specify the directory to be installed to by entering a certain switch. Once again not logical to do this its my belief that the computer should do the work not the user. I like lazy its better I can get more done if I dont have to spend my time typing switches and paths. keep it simple stupid. But its almost like its made a pain in the ass on purpose. Hey if you guys dont want us using your software thats cool just let me know because it sure seems like it.
Old 11-27-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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You're not giving us enough information to help you solve the problem. Just generally, programs in RPM packages are usually installed in /usr/bin (regular apps) or /usr/sbin (server apps, such as proftpd). The official RPM package for Fedora Core 1 installs it in /usr/sbin. They also provide a SRPM (source package), so if you are using a Red Hat based Linux, you can build your own RPM package base upon the SRPM. In doing so, you can customize the install location.


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