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What is panel-test-applets for??

I don't know. But if I want to know I type:

$ whatis panel-test-applets

The answer is:

panel-test-applets (1) - display installed applets

I have the man page too, and I can read it:

$ man panel-test-applets

But there is no program with that name.

Maybe the command is not very useful, but is its man page more useful?

Does someone know how to install that program or what is its man page for when you cannot execute the program? I can't even execute the command:

$ panel-test-applets

nor

$ panel-test-applets --help

which is the only thing its man page talks about!!

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According to Ubuntu Manpage Repository, panel-test-applets displays installed applets in a dialog box and does nothing else.

Q1. Why do I have man pages of commands that don't exist?

panel-test-applets is not a command but a program that is installed and run with gnome-panel which provides the panels for the the GNOME Desktop.

Q2. Maybe the command is not very useful, but is its man page useful?

It's man page provides information about the program and so, YES it is useful.

Q3. Does someone know how to install the command or what is its man page for?

I am not sure which command are you referring to here, besides commands are not installed, but programs are.

If you are asking about installing gnome-panel which also installs panel-test-applets, you can run:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
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D1. In computing, a command is a directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task. Most commonly a command is a directive to some kind of command line interface, such as a shell; S1. panel-test-applets is not a command but a program; S2. I am not sure which command are you referring to here No? Well, what do you think? I am referring to panel-test-applets, obviously. I don't have that program installed, so why do I have the man page installed?. Is that the correct way to have all things? or is it specific for this program? –  Robert Vila Nov 10 '12 at 3:11
    
... I just want to know; the question is as simple as that; and I already know what a man page provides. Its man page is in section 1 and I have no program named panel-test-applets according to my system. Is that wrong? –  Robert Vila Nov 10 '12 at 3:12
    
panel-test-applets is installed when you install gnome-panel. –  Peachy Nov 10 '12 at 5:03
    
You mean the man page is installed? or the program too? If it is the program, could you please tell us where does it live? As I wrote before, I can't find it, etc., etc. –  Robert Vila Nov 10 '12 at 6:22
    
"Q4. If you are asking about installing gnome-panel which also installs panel-test-applets, you can run:..." No, I didn't ask exactly that, nor only that. I am asking where does the program go, because I can't find it or how can I install it so that I can find it. Or if it is normal not being able to execute the command panel-test-applet. Can't you see what I am saying? –  Robert Vila Nov 10 '12 at 6:36
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