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Old 07-17-2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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Where do tgz format put programs?

My kde install is not in /opt Its in /home/me/kde. I tried to install a blender tgz and it got put in /opt/blender and does not show up in the KDE multimedia menu. I installed xine tgz and it does show up in the KDE menu. Why did that happen? If my KDE install is not in /opt is that a problem other than having to specify PATH= when I do a ./config?

Thank you for any help.
Old 07-17-2006, 01:01 AM   #2
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.tgz files are gzip'd tarballs. You can find out where it is placing files by using:

tar -tzf package.tgz
If you have KDE in a non-standard place, you will have to either:

1. tinker with file locations from the pacakge or
2. compile the application from source

Depending on the application, option 1 may or may not work.
Old 07-17-2006, 02:07 AM   #3
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Not all programas include KDE's menu files in their packages. You can easily create a shortcut if you need it.
Old 07-17-2006, 06:25 AM   #4
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If you are not sure where a program is, after installing its .tgz package, you can always take a look at its log file.

To have a list of all log files enter the command:
ls /var/log/packages/

To list the content of a specific log file, enter:
less /var/log/packages/<name_of_program>

For instance (I just made this up, so change the name):
less /var/log/packages/blender-2.71.40_i486_1
Old 07-17-2006, 10:02 AM   #5
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First you can install relocationable packages in another destination by specifying -root parametr at installpkg command (or alternatively ROOT env. variable).

Second KDE searches for menu entries besides default path by KDEDIRS environment variable - there should be stored base paths for share/applnk or share/applications subdirs. In your case you may add following entry in /etc/profile f.E.
export KDEDIRS=${KDEDIRS:+${KDEDIRS}:}/opt/blender
- assuming menu entries are stored in /opt/blender also.


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