Re: Finding installed package files
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_no_spam_here_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 20:13:37 GMT
Ronald Hands wrote:
> Edward Diener wrote:
>> I am a relative newbie in the Linux world running Fedora 3. I
>> installed some packages and now I want to find out what was installed
>> and where.
> Not sure if this fully covers what you want, but presuming you're
> using Gnome, try the menu system: System Settings/Add/Remove
> applications which should give you access to a package manager utility.
> It will show you which packages are installed, and allow you to remove
> or add packages.
I know how to install, upgrade, and remove packages using yumex or
synaptic. My problem is finding things once they are installed. I notice
the installation of some packages place entries in the Gnome menu system
while the installation of other packages do nothing other than your
knowing they have been installed successfully. This is much different
from Windows where 99% of the installations create folders below the
start menu so that it is easy to find program and documentation icons
and the like for these installations. Quite honestly I find the Windows
installations much better in their after effects. Having to hunt around
to find what was installed in Linux, and to even find documentation on
the product installed as well as what executables I can now invoke,
seems a real PITA to me. When I install software I expect the people who
created the software might be interested in letting me know what I have.
That does not seem to be the case in Linux even with very good and
I just installed the latest version of my favorite scripting language,
Python, for Fedora 3, and nothing shows up to tell me where anything is.
I have to root around to find anything on the system such as
documentation which I know is there somewhere. Installing on Windows
creates a program group where all the icons easily point me to the
documentation and the executables. It is quite a difference.
I do like the idea that Fedora 3 has a centralized database of installed
products, much, much better than Windows own Add and Remove programs,
and much more flexible since one can easily add and upgrade products
with it. But the result of installing or upgrading software, as far as
finding out what has been added or changed, is not nearly as good.
I am a bit surprised that Gnome does not automatically pick up the
results of the installation and show executables and documentation, but
maybe RPM does not have that facility to supply to Gnome, or more
probably people who create installs do not bother adding that
information into the RPM file. I have no idea what the RPM format is and
what its abilities are.