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Old 10-07-2003, 09:18 AM   #1
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Software Installation Help!!


I am newbie to linux?

I have installed linux 9.0 red hat

I need to install some software

I have downloaded and installed tar and rpms

ok after installation will it not come to the program files as it is in windows??

Or how to do this in linux? I need to make a shortcut for the program as in windows OS how this can be done

Each and every time I need to go to the terminal and go to the path and run the file

Is is possible to run exe files in linux

Please guide me in the above regards

Thanks and Regards
Old 10-07-2003, 09:23 AM   #2
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create new link to application

I don't know if there's an easier way, but you can always create a desktop link to the application. Go to the desktop, (for me) right click,

Create new -> link to application

give a nice looking icon, and in the execute tab, specify the path to the application, just as you would type it at the command line.
Old 10-07-2003, 09:28 AM   #3
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In addition, the execute tab lets you search through your filesystem for the path to the application, so you don't even have to know the path.
Old 10-07-2003, 09:47 AM   #4
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Also, linux doesn't care about file extensions. Typically an .exe file is going to be a windows file and is not going to run in linux.

Also, usually, after you untar there will be a README file in the new directory created by the untarring. That will give you some indication of where files are and how to run them, possibly.

With RPMs, say you install coolapp-1.2.3 with 'rpm -ivh coolapp-1.2.3', you could then find the directories by issuing this:
$ su -
# find / -name 'coolapp*'

Just a couple of thoughts there...

Last edited by itsjustme; 10-07-2003 at 09:49 AM.


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