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Old 08-13-2006, 08:56 AM   #1
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Where oh where does the software go?

Hi all,
Got a quick question... Suse 10.1

when I download a program that has to be unzipped say a .tar file, and it downloads and is in my tmp folder or wherever. Where do I extract the contents to in order for it to show up in the "Run Application" list? I downloaded Thunderbird and extracted it in the tmp folder so it made it';s own folder "thunderbird" crazy enough, and then I typed ./thunderbird and the software ran and I configured the email servers, and then I closed the program, now I can't find it. What to do, what to do. Thanks for the help.


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Old 08-13-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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Open a console window and su to root.

Run the command updatedb to update the database of files installed on the system. It's a database for the locate command, and has nothing to do with what YaST would show you.

When updatedb is done (could take seconds to a minute or more depending on how much software you have installed and the speed of the cpu on the mobo), run 'locate thunderbird' (without quotes). That will show you where thunderbird is located.

For future reference, I'd suggest you create a downloads folder in your home directory. When you select a file to download, you get a dialogue box confirming where the download will go. To the right of that text box, there is usually an icon with the word 'Browse' or a picture of a file folder. Click on that icon, then choose the /home/<username>/downloads folder and click ok. Downloads will go to your home instead of tmp. You're less likely to loose something. It also gives you the opportunity to study the README and INSTALL files in the download to get installation instructions.
Old 08-13-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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You probably installed it in your /home directory ... not a good idea. If your distro has a package manager, you should have used that, and everything would have been taken care of.
Old 08-13-2006, 10:01 AM   #4
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Firefox, Thunderbird and other apps shipped as prebuilt binaries should go in /opt e.g. /opt/thunderbird and to run them you create a launcher or menu entry with the path /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird. Storing things in /tmp is not a good idea since it gets wiped clean every so often e.g. on Gentoo whenever you reboot.


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