I don't really know how to phrase this question any better, so let's go with an example:

I installed liveusb-creator on my Fedora a while ago and I wonder where the files it executes are located. I know about which and whereis:

which liveusb-creator /usr/sbin/liveusb-creator

liveusb-creator itself is some piece of Python code which contains, along with some method parse_args() which simply does what its name says, this:

    import sys
    import os        
    from liveusb import _

    def parse_args():
         # some code that handles parsing command line arguments...

    def main():
        opts, args = parse_args()
        if opts.console:
            from liveusb import LiveUSBCreator
                live = LiveUSBCreator(opts)
            except Exception, e:
                print str(e)
            x = raw_input("\nDone!  Press any key to exit")
            ## Start our graphical interface
            from liveusb.gui import LiveUSBApp
                LiveUSBApp(opts, sys.argv)
            except KeyboardInterrupt:

    if __name__ == '__main__':
        if sys.platform != 'win32':
            if os.getuid() != 0:
                print >> sys.stderr, _("You must run this application as root")

It occurred to me that the Python code itself isn't the program that you see when you run the LiveUSB-application. I don't understand Python so this is kind of cryptic for me: Where is the actual file that gets executed?

It also seems to do some import magic in

from liveusb import LiveUSBCreator

How does it know what liveusb and LiveUSBCreator are?

  • Those methods inside the try block are the main part of the script. Google them one by one to see what they do. – schaiba Nov 24 '15 at 7:12

The first line of the script probably should start with #!, followed by the name of the python interpreter. (Like /usr/bin/env python.) You can start it manually in a terminal, and add a -v:

/usr/bin/env python -v

it will overwhelm you with 100 lines of information because of the -v. To see the location of the liveusb python module, type

import liveusb

(or from liveusb import _), press enter, and you should get the information you are looking for.

Use Control+D to exit.

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