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I have remote box accessed by VNC and jwm desktop. No menus, not desktop icons, only terminal window.

I have downloaded chrome deb package and installed it. Now how can I run it from terminal window?

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Run the command locate chrome to see all the occurrences of chrome within the filesystem (file & directory names). On Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10 I have it installed here: /opt/google/chrome.

You can run it using any of these methods:

  • /opt/google/chrome/chrome
  • /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome

If /opt/google/chrome is on the PATH then you can drop the path part and just run chrome or google-chrome.

NOTE: google-chrome is a shell script that wraps the executable chrome so I'd be inclined to run that.

To see if something is on the PATH run this command:

% echo $PATH
/opt/google/chrome:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin
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Run dpkg -L /path/to/google-chrome-VERSION.deb to see the list of files in the package. To see the list of directly-executable commands it provides, run

dpkg -L /path/to/google-chrome-VERSION.deb | grep /bin/

If you installed the package through apt-get, Aptitude, Synaptic or the like, the .deb file is in /var/cache/apt/archives.

The name of the program in the official Chrome packages is google-chrome (/usr/bin/google-chrome is a symbolic link to /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome).

If typing the command google-chrome in a shell doesn't work immediately after installing the package, you may need to run hash -r to tell your shell to flush its cache of known commands. This only applies in shells that were already running before you installed the package.

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