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    Where are apps installed???

    Here I am back with the same question. I installed swatch using apt-get.

    It says the install succeded. Ubuntu software center says it is installed.

    Now. There is no icon anywhere. Typing swatch in the terminal gives an error since I'm in the wrong place.

    How do you find and use software you install?

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    Open a terminal and type "which app name" without quotes, this will let you know if the executable is in your path. If it is in your path then you can just type the name of the program to execute it.

    Most programs are install in /usr/share.

    If you are using Gnome, in your menu go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications and look through the menu settings to see if the program is listed but unchecked.

    Also if the program is in your path, you can right click on the Desktop and click Create Launcher then setup a shortcut on your desktop.

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    I'm hopeless

    I went to usr/bin where the "which swatch" told me to go. I get this when I type swatch:

    swatch: cannot find /home/jethro/.swatchrc. Please create it or specify an alternate configuration file. Exiting.

    I never mentioned that I'm on an Ubuntu system.
    Last edited by FrankBlourtango; 04-05-2011 at 11:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankBlourtango View Post
    swatch: cannot find /home/jethro/.swatchrc. Please create it or specify an alternate configuration file. Exiting.
    This is your problem, not where swatch is installed.
    From the man file:
    Code:
     In order for Swatch to be useful, it requires a configuration file
    So just create the configuration and then run swatch.
    I really don't think you get out of newbieland until you figure out how to install AND RUN software.
    Easiest way is to actually read the error message.. :-)
    Last edited by x; 04-06-2011 at 06:45 AM.
    In pingvino veritas!

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    I did see that it was looking for the configuration file. But I had no idea how to write one.

    I Googled and looked at an example one there. Wayyyy out of my league!

    Thanks for the help guys.!

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    dpkg -L swatch

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    no change

    That didn't change anything. I really don't think you get out of newbieland until you figure out how to install AND RUN software.

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    run the above command in a terminal and it will tell you where and what got installed

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    It must be something with those packages. I installed Wifi Radar and Prismstumbler both with apt-get and with Synaptic Package Manager and they worked fine. You get icons in Nautilus and you can launch from a terminal screen.

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    Most programs are install in /usr/share, i suppose

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    try
    Code:
    whereis swatch
    that might narrow it down.
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