After installing a program using a package manager where is the information about where the program was installed and in which menu category it can be found.

3 Answers 3


For where the program was installed (including all of the supporting files, so it can be a long list that you would need to search through)

dpkg-query -L firefox

For the menu item containing the package, look for a file in /usr/share/menu in the output of dpkg-query:

dpkg-query -L firefox | grep /usr/share/menu

In that file you should find "section=". The string after that text should indicate where in the menu system you would find the link to the application.

For information about what categories Ubuntu put the package into, you might try:

aptitude show firefox

Running which [application name] should give you what you're looking for.


If by "program" you meant the binary, it usually goes to /usr/bin

Resources go to /usr/share/

User specific configs usually are created in . in the user's home directory

  • The binary and where it's shortcut can be found in the menu.
    – Phenom
    Commented Aug 8, 2010 at 14:28

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .