Searching for software installed on our Linux systems
- If you know the exact name of the command you want to run, the which
command should tell you its location:
- You can read a manual page on some commands with the
- man -k
- If you don't know the exact name of the command, you can try
man -k. This example displays the name line of all man entries for the word editor:
man -k editor.
- You can find the location of a file on your computer with the
Debian tries to put common application names in the menus of some windowing systems, such as kde or gnome. Look through the menus of your window manager for Debian or programs.
You can list all the packages currently installed on a Debian machine using
dpkg -l. To see all the files contained in a package, run
dpkg -L PACKAGE
We install software that is not part of the Debian archive, or more recent versions than is in the archives, in /opt on each machine. Run
ls /opt to see these packages. In general, executables from Debian packages can be found in
/usr/bin, whereas the executables from the /opt packages are more likely to be in
Requesting new software
We are happy to install new software on our systems. Just email techstaff with your installation request. The easiest and quickest to install is software prepackaged for Debian, ie files with a .deb extension. You can search the Debian software archives or view a full list of software packages in the Debian archive.
If a .deb does not exist for the software you want to install, we can often install it, though it may take more time.
There are over 2500 separate Debian packages installed on the CS Linux machines. About 1000 of those are libraries, collections of software to support the use or development of software. Many of the others are small utilities that you might not notice. Below is a list of installed applications that you may want to use directly.
- Abiword 2.4.6
- Acrobat Reader 9.1.2
- Alpine 1.10
- Audacity 1.3.5
- Compiz 0.7.6
- Condor 7.4.0
- Eclipse 3.2.2
- Firefox 3.0.6 and 3.6
- Java 1.6.0
- Mathematica 7.0.1
- Matlab 7.9.0
- NX 3.3.0
- OpenOffice.org 2.4
- Poco 1.3.6
- Skype 2.0.0
- SML/NJ 110.71
- TeX Live