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Old 12-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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Installing .deb files


Hey all... I'm brand new to Linux (less than a day, actually), so this question may seem a little silly. Well, here goes -

I'm installing a piece of software on my computer (using Ubuntu). I first had to learn to 'alien' the .rpm to .deb. I've used dpkg to install the software, as indicated below:

root@Laptop:/home/dkco # dpkg -i fcc_8.009-2_i386.deb
(Reading database ... 72945 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace fcc 8.009-2 (using fcc_8.009-2_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement fcc ...
Setting up fcc (8.009-2) ...
root@Laptop:/home/dkco #

As you can see, I got what seemed to be a positive response from the system (this was actually the second time I did it, hence the 'replacement'). However, I can't figure out how to actually run the program. It's not under any of the menus under 'Application', and I wouldn't know where to look for it under my root directory or Add Applications. Maybe I've just been spoiled by Windows automatically putting new programs under the Start menu. Anyhow, can anyone help me with this? How do I execute the program?

Many thanks,

DKCO
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:38 PM   #2
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Hi there dkco!

First I'd like to congratulate you for trying to do this on your own. I thought the days of learning things by yourself were over .

I'm not sure what fcc is. If you tell the application name I could try to google for it. Usually, you start an application by typing its name on a terminal. For example, typing firefox should fire up Firefox. Maybe it's fcc to start it up? Once you find it, it should not be hard to add that to the menu. Some applications actually will add itself to the menu, like in Windows as well (but not always)

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Old 12-14-2005, 11:44 PM   #3
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dkco, try not to post the same thread twice.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:46 PM   #4
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First Class

The program is 'First Class' by Softarc. It's an encrypted email client I use for work. Upon looking at it again, I was able to see it under the Synaptic Package Manager, and it is checked (installed). I still can't figure how to launch it. I'll keep examining the package manager.

As far as figuring things out on my own... it's the only way to learn. Can you imagine all the internet message boards would just disappear if people only did that? Forum stickies would be rendered obselete!

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Old 12-14-2005, 11:50 PM   #5
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Ok

Quote:
Originally Posted by mimithebrain
try not to post the same thread twice.
Oops.

DKCO
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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Weird. I did not find anything at their documentation. But try things like "fcc" or "fc" or "firstclass" at the terminal. You could always try using the tab completition to see what pops up, for example typing "fir + tab" would complete the command for you, thus revealing if several commands start in a similar way
 
Old 12-15-2005, 12:01 AM   #7
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Ok

Good ideas. Thanks for the help, I'll try those.

DKCO
 
Old 12-15-2005, 12:54 AM   #8
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It's showing up in Synaptic because you installed it using the dpkg command. Anything that you apt-get install or dpkg -i will show up in Synaptic afterwards.

If you're unsure of the launching command, open a terminal and type
Code:
f
and then press the Tab key twice.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 11:18 AM   #9
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I have firstclass

You can download their RPM by googling it. To run firstclass, just look in the /opt/firstclass folder, the bin is there... it's not in PATH, so make a little desktop icon for it
 
  


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