[xubuntu-users] Where are program files in Xubuntu ?

Marko Oreskovic markoresko at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 14:52:51 UTC 2008

leegold wrote:
> Listen Music player or eg. totem. In XP I know they're in Program Files
> folder but in Linux I don't the slightest idea. What file extention or
> file type do look for? Were do I browse to? Is there a utility that
> could them fast and is simple to use?

To find installed programs by name you can use Appfinder application
(Accessories>Appfinder) if you right-click and select information
then you can see what command is it calling when program starts.

Programs on Linux usually resides in /usr/bin , /usr/sbin, /bin , /sbin
but in many cases they are just scripts that call programs.
Main content of programs usually reside inside /usr/share
If you are linking file type to application you usually to link one
from /usr/bin.

If you know application name (found in Appfinder)
then you can find Exactly what package (.deb) is it installed from.
You can search for .deb package by name or desctription content
in System > Synaptic package manager.
When you find a package right-click > Properties > Installed files on it
 and you can see All files and their locations where you can see where
all files for that application resides. :)

Therefore, on GNU/Linux, package manager and installing pre-compiled
packages is desired way of installing and Uninstalling applications.

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