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Old 07-28-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
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Newb Questions


I just installed FC2 without much of a problem, but I'm confused on several "issues" I'm having.

I consider myself a complete newb, even though I've been experimenting and trying to teach myself Linux off and on for a couple of years now. In the past, I've been a Mandrake user (from 7 - 10) and I'm finding myself fairly lost trying to configure and use FC2. Here are the "issues" I'm having:

Just for ref.. I'm using KDE on FC2.

1) Browsing directories in root. I've tried to simply SU - and also to login as root , but when I open a terminal, I cannot access any of the 'root' directories. No matter what I do, I'm locked into a directory that gives me nothing but anaconda-ks.cfg, install.log, Desktop, and Install.log.syslog. I can't access any of the other directories to make any changes?

2) Can someone explain the apt-get to me in short order? I've did a google search, but I'm not sure how to tell in FC2 what RPM/packages are installed and which aren't? In Mandrake, you were pretty much spoon fed this info with the various package managers.

3) I was able to do updates no problem using the RHN, but is there something that lists available packages not already installed? I added a couple of rpm repositories to the update utility, but I "ASS"ume that is only for updating previously installed packages?

4) NVIDIA driver. I downloaded the latest one, but I'm getting the binutil / ld error message. I searched the forums for both and didn't find anything conclusive on how to check to see if these packages are installed? (Again, I apologize for my basic questions - but I did try searching the man and also searching google/forums without much luck to explain fairly thoroughly. Sorry If I missed a thread but would appreciate a link if thats the case).

5) The system 'time' setting. Once I login, the correct time, format, date, etc all show properly.. but on boot-up, the login screen shows an incorrect time. How do I adjust that?


Thanks in advance for any help/advice. As of right now I'm fairly confused as though I like Mandrake, I can see where perhaps some of the "windowlike" functions are actually a detriment when attempting to learn the more fundamental aspects of Linux.
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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Um well for 1) sounds like you are in /root Not sure what you mean by 'root' directories if it isnt /root

2) sorry, too lazy to bother with apt, I use yum

3)good question ( i am still a newb myself)

4) dont have NVIDA card

5) I guess you are using the gnome login manager ( i think thats default in fedora) but you setting the time in KDE etc, just a hunch but login with gnome and make sure everything is set the way you want, time wise... not sure if kde and gnome handle time the same way

looks like i got 1.5 out of 5, yea i still need to learn stuff myself
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:19 PM   #3
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Um well for 1) sounds like you are in /root Not sure what you mean by 'root' directories if it isnt /root

2) sorry, too lazy to bother with apt, I use yum

3)good question ( i am still a newb myself)

4) dont have NVIDA card

5) I guess you are using the gnome login manager ( i think thats default in fedora) but you setting the time in KDE etc, just a hunch but login with gnome and make sure everything is set the way you want, time wise... not sure if kde and gnome handle time the same way

looks like i got 1.5 out of 5, yea i still need to learn stuff myself
Sorry... about 1. I mean, I can't access /etc /var or any directory outside the one I listed above. It says /root, but I don't see anything. Is there a setting where everything is hidden?

As far as 5, I didn't install Gnome, KDE only.
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:23 PM   #4
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Ha!
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Originally posted by Sybarite
Sorry... about 1.

Anyway, when you are in /root you have to go up one level to see to / to see all the other goodies
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:36 PM   #5
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Ha!



Anyway, when you are in /root you have to go up one level to see to / to see all the other goodies
I "cd" as far out as I could and I still don't see any other directories.

UPDATE: DOH! cd / solved the problem. I was just using CD to move up a directory, but when I did cd /, I got to what I was looking for. Thanks, it's a start!
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:45 PM   #6
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just a heads up,

Code:
cd ..
sends you up one level

where as

Code:
cd /
sends you to the top of all directories
 
  


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