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By doing

yum install vlc

I have installed the vlc player on my system. Now I want to know where the binary of vlc was installed. So what is the default path for installation in Fedora Linux?

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I suppose

which vlc

will do the trick if the path the file was installed is on the System Path.

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hey thanks i got it –  Mr.32 Oct 12 '11 at 8:57

This may be of help: Unix Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

Most binaries are installed in /usr/bin, most libs in /usr/lib and most headers - in /usr/include.

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+1 for addinationla info –  Mr.32 Oct 12 '11 at 9:02

Since you have installed vlc from a rpm package, you can use the rpm tool to query the database with information about all the installed packages:

$ rpm -ql vlc-core | grep '/vlc$'
/usr/bin/vlc
/usr/lib/vlc
/usr/share/vlc
$

although for this example, its a bit tricky since you have to know that the rpm package containing the binary it called vlc-core.

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For bash there is a builtin command called type which will tell you what a command/alias really is:

$ type type
type is a shell builtin
$ alias t=type
$ type t
t is aliased to `type'
$ type vlc
vlc is /bin/vlc
$
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