Limok Palantaemon Limok Palantaemon - 1 year ago 80
Linux Question

Linux: Can't find expect in my /bin/ or /usr/bin after installing. How do I find it?

I realise this might be a stupid question, but I've been trying to follow the advice on the following post

However, I've come up to a problem. I installed expect with

sudo apt-get install expect
but now embarrassingly I can't figure out where the script interpreter is. It doesn't seem to be in the normal paths where people look to (i.e

It does seem to have installed, since
$ expect
seems to work, but I just can't use the interpreter (i.e I try to shebang it like everyone else with
and it gives an error).

Answer Source

You can find the location by listing all the files the package expect provides by dpkg -L:

dpkg -L expect

or narrow it down to only the filenames ending in expect:

dpkg -L expect | grep '/expect$'

or if resides in typical binary directories:

dpkg -L expect | grep -E '/s?bin/'

Also the typical way to go through the $PATH for an executable is to use:

which expect

or better (considering shell internals), not strictly needed in this case though:

type -a expect
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