Synaptic installs not installed
peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Fri Apr 21 08:36:49 UTC 2006
On Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:07:10 +0300
Avraham Hanadari <rufus at hanadari.net> wrote:
> On at least two occasions I have selected and installed packages which I
> was later unable to find. "Remind" and "3-D Chess" are the most recent.
> Evidently there is a step here which I am ignoring. It is clearly marked
> in Synaptic that the programs are installed. I reinstalled Remind just
> to be sure. I've even searched in Add Applications, and they do not
> appear there. What have I missed?
Some packages ( particularly in the universe and multiverse repositories )
still lack the *.desktop files needed to comply with the freedesktop
guidelines. This may be the problem with the ones you cite.
There are a couple of things you can do. One is to install the "menu" and
"menu-xdg" packages. This should give you a complete "Debian" menu, as a
submenu of the Applications menu (you get a Debian swirl icon, with a
*very* large many-branched tree starting from it).
If you prefer to make you own menu entries, you can hunt down the
executables for the installed package by issuing
dpkg -L <packagename>
which gives a full listing of the files installed by the package ( notice
that the -L is upper case ). As some packages have a lot of files, you can
dpkg -L <packagename> | less
or to find the executables
dpkg -L <packagename> | grep bin
For instance according to "apt-file list remind" (yet another useful tool
for any package in the repos whether installed or not), the "remind"
package has the following files included:
3dchess is a game, so its executable file is in /usr/games
apt-file list 3dchess | grep games
For some reason apt-file leaves the leading "/ " off the paths :)
Finally, to track down more info you can do
to output possibly relevant "man" pages.
Whew... hope that helps a bit !
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