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Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby Bornhuetter on Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:46 am

If I know the name of a program then I can find it in the terminal by typing "which xxxx" or "whereis xxxx". But if I install a program through the Software Manager, I don't always know the name of the program.

For instance, if I install kde-config-grub2 in the Software Manager, it doesn't create a desktop entry, and the information page doesn't tell me what the terminal command is to run it, or even what folder it is installed to.
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby xenopeek on Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:31 am

You can either use the Synaptic Package Manager for this, or the terminal. In Synaptic, search for the package you installed then right-click the package and select Properties. Then go to the Installed Files tab. Look for files in /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin (basically anything in "bin"), as that will be the executable file. On the terminal you can use "dpkg -L packagename" and this will give you the same list of installed files. So you can do:
dpkg -L packagename | grep bin

and have the answer many times faster.

However, this is not a separate program but a configuration module :wink: To use it, open "System Settings" from the menu and in the "System Administration" group open "Startup and Shutdown". You will find a new tab for "GRUB2 Bootloader" there.
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby Bornhuetter on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:07 am

Thanks, both of those methods worked! Although in this case, the package doesn't seem to have any executable files (and nothing in bin). Turns out I had to install kcmshell4 separately to get it to work. Problem solved though.

Where is the best place to post a suggestion for the instructions to be updated in the Software Manager/Synaptic?
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby xenopeek on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:21 am

Bornhuetter wrote:Where is the best place to post a suggestion for the instructions to be updated in the Software Manager/Synaptic?

Sorry, which instructions do you mean?
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby Bornhuetter on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:29 am

In the Software Manager, it just says:

This is a configuration module for System Settings for configuring the GRUB2 bootloader.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/kcm-grub2/


It should really have something in there to say how to use the thing. Following the link doesn't easily lead to any instructions either. I find this a fairly common problem with the Software Manager.
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby xenopeek on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:54 am

Oh, right. Well, that text is coming from the package itself and is set by the package maintainer. Here is the full package description;
Package: kde-config-grub2
Priority: optional
Section: universe/admin
Installed-Size: 579
Maintainer: Kubuntu Developers <kubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>
Architecture: amd64
Source: kcm-grub2
Version: 0.5.0-0ubuntu4
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libkdecore5 (>= 4:4.5.85), libkdeui5 (>= 4:4.4.0), libkio5 (>= 4:4.3.4), libmagick++5 (>= 8:6.7.7.10), libmagickcore5 (>= 8:6.7.7.10), libqapt1 (>= 0.4.0), libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1), libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.6.1), libsolid4 (>= 4:4.3.4), libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.1), grub-pc (>= 1.99~rc1-5) | grub-efi-amd64 | grub-efi-ia32
Filename: pool/universe/k/kcm-grub2/kde-config-grub2_0.5.0-0ubuntu4_amd64.deb
Size: 150012
MD5sum: bce27d5bb5bbf957d356dc926c1b8a5d
SHA1: fe5999b947c74387749b2cf8e58fd5f298fccb3f
SHA256: f5da76bf5af446abc6ed25c991ec5b183e9c4a1eeff29cd707ddf742aad4745d
Description-en: Configuration module for the GRUB2 bootloader
This is a configuration module for System Settings for configuring the
GRUB2 bootloader.
Homepage: https://sourceforge.net/projects/kcm-grub2/
Description-md5: 7a964b8d8cd1f35897e57e291f452068
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Origin: Ubuntu
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby Bornhuetter on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:41 pm

Who controls the package description? Is it the developer, Ubuntu, or Mint?
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Re: Locating programs installed through Software Manager

Postby xenopeek on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:47 pm

The package maintainer controls the package description. The package maintainer is listed in the package description, as it the place where you can report bugs.
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