virtually impossible to find out where my quanta text editor is located on hard drive

Asked by hermanningjaldsson

Kubuntu 8.04

Why is it so unbelievably difficult to figure out where my Quanta text editor is located?

couldnt there just simply be a folder named "programs"
and under there have "Quanta"

Ive wasted two hours now trying to find where my text editor is.
none of the folder names seem to make any sense.

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Best Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


First, check to ensure that it is installed by running in a terminal:

    $ which quanta

That should give you the path to where it is installed.
This thread tells you how to actually create a launcher for it:

Please return to Launchpad and mark this question Solved, if this resolves your question.



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hermanningjaldsson (hermannjens) said :

yes this answered the question.

theres so much in linux which is super advanced and user friendly.... if only you know this-or-that.
Problem is most people dont know this-or-that.

the directory "bin" (where the program is)doesnt hint at it storing programs.
i would more guess its got something to do with garbage.

it was the same with installing perl modules, i wasted a whole day trying to figure it out until i found theres actually a program on the computer for that... named "Adept manager".
why not name it Module installer?
Or at least have it pop up when one types "perl module install" (or something like that) in the install/remove programs.

after i found the program, installing modules was a breeze. very good user interface and all. but what a waste of time trying to find it.

i also wasted tons of time trying to find a program with shell script access, after searching for "shell" and "shell server access" etc for a long time in add-remove-programs, i finally realized there was a program named "putty" for that.
why not name have that program appear when a user types "shell" or "shell server access"?
because thats what the program does and people don't really know all those exotic names of all those programs beforehand.

It would really make kubuntu better.

Hermann Ingjaldsson

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hermanningjaldsson (hermannjens) said :

Thanks Harvey Muller, that solved my question.

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hermanningjaldsson (hermannjens) said :

i just hope that the last message gets read despite the problem being
solved... for its not really solved on a higher level.

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

Hello herman...

For some applications installed you will not have a menu entry.. In that case you have to use the command line for such applications to run..

To run quanta give the following command in a terminal/konsole:

kdesudo quanta

and to find what packages are installed on your computer you use dpkg --get-selections command..

In this case it would be:

dpkg --get-selections | grep quanta

Output will be:

quanta install

Means quanta is installed on your system

To find the path

which quanta

2. About Icons

Basically there are two sides to this:
  - application icons come with an application, the easiest way to change them would be to edit their launcher.
  - icons used by applications come with icon packs


  1. right-click on the menu .. choose edit-menus
  2. choose an application
  3. right-click, choose properties from the menu
  4. this will open a window with properties about the menu-option
  5. click on the icon in this window
  6. select a different icon


  1. right-click on a launcher in your panel (like firefox)
  2. choose properties
  3. click on the icon
  4. select a different icon

***** ABOUT ICON PACKS *****

The icons of an icon pack are stored in two different places:
  - icon-packs installed for all users are found /usr/share/icons
  - icon-packs installed for only you are found ~/.icons

You cannot change the files in /usr/share/icons unless you are in root-mode.


  1. open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)
  2. type: gksu nautilus
  3. type your password
  4. now a file browser window will popup where you are in root-mode
  5. be careful about what you do to your files now
  6. go to /usr/share/icons
  7. find your icons .. they often have them in several sizes
  8. copy your icon over the original one
  9. make sure they are the same size (each size is in its own directory)

Hope the info helps

Bhavani Shankar

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

since you are on kde its kmenu /system /konsole for a terminal

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


I completely understand. I am just a normal user like yourself, just providing a helping hand where I may.

Linux is definitely not Windows. My problem with Windows, is it hides much from users, and oversimplifies.

Linux on the otherhand, can be daunting to learn, it is free, and freely documented. It is only up to us to learn.

Some resources you can use to learn more can be found here:

I recommend the guides.

This site also has a free linux introductory course(s) which you may also find valuable:



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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

bin is a folder where the program stores the executable binaries ....:) Not the trash bin

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


You may have missed it, the question is Solved. =)

Relax mate and enjoy!