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Thread: Synaptic Packet Manager

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    Exclamation Synaptic Packet Manager

    For example i install secure-delete in the synaptic manager but i cant find it to run it? i tryed 'run' and a couple of other things but cant get at it. Iv install other things and how come i can run them with 'run'???
    Any help greatly appreciated.....

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    secure delete uses command line. try to open it in a terminal

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    what command should i use for terminal?

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    search it up in synaptic, right click it, select properties, then look at the "installed files" tab.

    If it installs a .desktop-file under /usr/share/applications, then that means it adds an entry in the menu (i.e. it is a gui application).

    If it isn't a gui applications, look for files installed in /usr/bin/ or /usr/games/. If it installs /usr/bin/foo, then you can open a terminal and run "foo", though it's advicable to first run "foo --help" or "foo -h" first, to get a short description of what the program does (most programs accept the --help and/or -h option, but not all, so it's more of a rule of thumb).

    If it doesn't install anything under /usr/bin or /usr/games, then the package is probably a library or a documentation package.

    You can also get a list of the files it install with the terminal command
    Code:
    dpkg -L packagename

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    the package looks like its installed undeer usr/bin but for foo in the terminal its say 'command not found'

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    Hehe... Geirha was using "foo" as a generic program name. Substitute the name of your program for "foo".

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    the command to use secure-delete is 'shred'.

    I'd recommend reading the manual:
    Code:
    man shred
    in general, but I found a great page that should get you started:http://www.techthrob.com/tech/securedelete.php.

    What you would probably really want is to add a script to nautilus that will allow you to right click on files and delete them securely, but that is a bit more of an adventure, but worth investing some time into.
    If all else fails, read the documentation. There's nothing sissy about a MAN page.

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    still nothing in command line after that and im sure its not a library or something. Could somebody try it please? its very small. that would be great help

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    thanks man was writing my post wen u posted. cheers il try it

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    Re: Synaptic Packet Manager

    the command your looking for is shred

    if you type

    Code:
    shred --help
    it will give the options, recommend you reasearch the program using howtos or knowledge articles before executing

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