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Re: starting Fescobaldi

From: Simon Bailey
Subject: Re: starting Fescobaldi
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:10:22 +0200
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Tom Cloyd wrote:
Sorry if this is not precisely the right place to ask this question - it's at least rather close, and I cannot find anywhere else to go.

Just now trying out the Frescobaldi editor ( Installed it from tar ball. And then... Well, after over a year working with a Linux OS (Kubuntu) I still haven't figured out what the standard is for starting a program in Linux. There appear to be a number of them.

In this case, I cannot figure out how to START Frescobaldi. Absolutely clueless. No /bin subdir. It's a Python program, or maybe just uses Python. or maybe...well who knows?

At the website, user documentation starts with the assumption that you've started the program. Not helpful.

So...can anyone clue me in?

if you downloaded a tarball of frescobaldi, i assume that you downloaded the source package from the google code page. there's a general convention that tarballs contain a README and/or INSTALL text file with detailed instructions on how to install the package. in this case, there are both, and the INSTALL file should walk you through the (generally painless) installation process.

however, seeing as you're using kubuntu, you might want to avoid the source compilation and pick up a precompiled .deb package from: (this link is on the frescobaldi web-site).

either add the apt sources.list entries to your apt package manager, or download the .deb file corresponding to your system and install with 'sudo dpkg -i $package-name' (without quotes and replace $package-name by the .deb file name).

the standard for starting a program once it's installed is to call the program from the command-line. precompiled packages generally install to /usr/bin, self-compiled packages to /usr/local/bin or on some distributions to /opt/bin or /opt/local/bin.

long answer, but i hope this helps to get you pointed in the right direction. if not, there should be enough buzzwords to help you find the right parts of the ubuntu docs. :)


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