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Using XFCE.

I installed usb-creator, also called Startup Disk Creator using the Ubuntu software center. Where is this installed? It does not show up anywhere in the menu. In the terminal I've tried different commands like usb-creator-common, usb-creator-kde, etc. Program can not be found.

I like Linux, but this is one of those things that I think is just really sad in Linux or more specifically Ubuntu. If the software centre does not even tell you what the executable name is and where it's stored, how the hell does it expect the user to locate the application?

I suppose I could check the various bin-folders, but the executable names are sometimes unclear as to their nature.

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If you know the name of the package, you can list all of it's files using dpkg -L package:

$ dpkg -L usb-creator-gtk
/usr/bin/usb-creator-gtk
/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usbcreator/frontends/gtk/__init__.py
/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usbcreator/frontends/gtk/frontend.py
/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usbcreator/frontends/gtk/unitysupport.py
/usr/share/applications/usb-creator-gtk.desktop
/usr/share/doc/usb-creator-gtk/changelog.gz
/usr/share/doc/usb-creator-gtk/copyright
/usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/usb-creator-gtk.svg
/usr/share/man/man8/usb-creator-gtk.8.gz
/usr/share/usb-creator/usbcreator-gtk.ui

In this case the binary is called /usr/bin/usb-creator-gtk

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For me, using Gnome, it is located as /usr/bin/usb-creator-gtk.

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There is not a single place where the files are installed

To start Startup Disk Creator press Alt+F2 and execute usb-creator-gtk

To know where are the configuration files execute these commands:

whereis usb-creator-gtk

also

dpkg -L usb-creator-gtk

Hope you will get your answer.

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usb-creator-common, -gnome, -kde, -gtk, doesn' work. Says program is not installed. –  ShrimpCrackers Nov 23 '13 at 19:34
    
@ShrimpCrackers: Check my answer, once again.. What does sudo dpkg -l | grep usb-creator and whereis usb-creator-gtk return you? I'm also using XFCE, have you tried to find it in Application Finder? Reply.. –  Saurav Kumar Nov 23 '13 at 19:38

If you use the (ubuntu supported) Software Center with the (Ubuntu supported) Unity, you will have it in the Dash. One of the good things of Linux is the flexibility; so you are free to use a different desktop environment (like myself). But it is not fair to whine about your freedom...

You can list all the file installed by a package using

dpkg-query -L <package>

And doing

 dpkg-query -L <package> | grep bin 

has a very high probability to give you the answer. Happy Linuxing!

Maybe you have just installed the common package without any graphic front-end; try to install the package that will work in XFCE (I do not know if it's the -gtk one or the -kde one, probably the first with sudo apt-get install usb-creator-gtk)

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