Ubuntu should move all binaries to /usr/bin/

nick rundy nrundy at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 1 20:02:38 UTC 2011

There are several situations where I need to find an executable. One that comes immediately to mind is when I need to specify what program to use to open an online stream and the program I want is not appearing in an offered list. So I need to go find the .exe. At least this is how I have always gone about solving this problem. I have tried using the $which command but this rarely works for me. The $which command often can't find the exe because the exe has been placed somewhere else (hence why putting all this stuff in one place is a good idea).

> From: jonathon at starlingcottage.co.uk
> Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 19:46:37 +0000
> Subject: Re: Ubuntu should move all binaries to /usr/bin/
> To: nrundy at hotmail.com
> On 1 November 2011 19:01, nick rundy <nrundy at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > I came to ubuntu from Windows. And one thing Windows does well is make it
> > easy to find an executable file (i.e., it's in C:\Program Files\). Finding
> > an executable file in Ubuntu is frustrating & lacks organization that makes
> > sense to users. Fedora is considering a fix for this issue. I think Ubuntu
> > should do the same.
> >
> > Here's a link to an article that talks about Fedora's idea:
> > http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Fedora-considers-moving-all-binaries-to-usr-bin-1369642.html?view=print
> >
> Why do you want to "find" an executable? If you want to run it, just
> type it. If you want to know where it is (for whatever reason, not
> sure why if it's on the $PATH) then type $ which $command, e.g. $
> which bash -> /usr/bin/bash
> Jonathon
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