Running Newly Installed Programs?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Wed Dec 17 05:39:19 UTC 2008

W. D. Allen wrote:
> This from a Ubuntu Newbie...
> After downloading and installing a program, such as RealBasic among 
> others, as I browse the folder I can not determine which file I click to 
> run the program. How do I determine the file in any program folder to 
> start a program running, i.e., the ".exe" file? Also, how do I make a 
> desktop icon for that file?

Linux executables do not have a file extension.  They are set as
executable, however.   You can see which files are executable using
nautilus or the shell.

You can also check which files the package installs using:

dpkg -L packageName

where package name is the DEB package you're interested in.

I downloaded REALBasic from to check for
you.  It looks like the main executable is:


Matt Flaschen

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