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> Thunderbird Email Folder Location, where do i put program files?
Onestep
post Jul 1 2004, 11:20 AM
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I downloaded and installed Mozilla Thunderbird in my Home directory.
I now have a folder in Home titled Thunderbird. I opened the folder, clicked on files till the program executed, then created a shortcut to that executing file on my desktop.

Is Home the "proper place" to keep installed program files?
Is there a better way to figure out what file executes a program?

I'm a Linux newbie who's trying to unlearn Windows.
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post Jul 1 2004, 11:34 AM
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usually the executable is just the program name in my experience. Im still pretty new tho. I have he same problem you do both firebird and thunderbird are in my home directory. Im afraid to move them tho incase it disrupts some other files smile.gif


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post Jul 1 2004, 12:52 PM
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I normally put the whole directory in /usr/lib .... so, as root, go to the home directory that contains thunderbird directory.

mv thunderbird/ /usr/lib/
ln -s /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunberbird


Create a shortcut (actually the linux term is a launcher) that points to /usr/bin/thunderbird


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post Jul 1 2004, 02:13 PM
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Thanks hughesjr I appreciate your help!

I understand what "mv thunderbird/ /usr/lib/ " does,
but what is "ln -s /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunberbird" ?
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post Jul 1 2004, 03:22 PM
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It creates a logical link from the location /usr/bin/thunderbird that points to the file /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird. So when you run /usr/bin/thunderbird, it really executes the file /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird.

Since /usr/bin is where executable files go, we create a link for thunderbird there.


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post Jul 1 2004, 04:40 PM
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awesome thanks worked great


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post Jul 1 2004, 04:49 PM
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If I understand correctly,

Program Directories go in------------> /usr/lib
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Executable Files, or a Logical Link to an Executable File, go in --------> /usr/bin

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post Jul 1 2004, 05:34 PM
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In case you dont know, lib = libraries bin = binaries

can be confusing to see those words and not know what they are I know.


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post Jul 1 2004, 09:45 PM
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Some linux distros put programs like thunderbird in /opt ... most put it in /lib.

Here is a link to read about the Linux Standard for the filesystem. It is called the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard:
http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html

Here is more about FHS:
http://ldp.hughesjr.com/HOWTO/HighQuality-...-HOWTO/fhs.html


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