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Nawas111 11-23-2004 11:38 AM

Virtual terminal i am following the instructions on this page, and i would like to know how to open a virtual terminal to run the script as AS ROOT

rjlee 11-23-2004 11:56 AM

Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to a virtual terminal. Then log in as root.

If you need to shut down X windows, use

telinit 3
You said you want to open a new virtual terminal; to do this, you can use

openvt -l /bin/bash

Nawas111 11-23-2004 12:07 PM

would i do this when i boot up the pc. And could you please tell me what does it mean by run the script as as root


rjlee 11-27-2004 05:51 PM

root is the superuser of the system, similar to an administrator on a Windows system.

When a command is executed by root, it bypasses all of the usual integrety checking done on other users, so a root user can install software, kill processes or other housekeeping tasks that regular user (or a non-root intruder) should not be able to do.

You can switch to a different virtual terminal at any time, Ctrl+Alt+F1 will take you to a text console and Alt+F7 will take you back to terminal 7, which is usually used for X-Windows (your graphical user interface).

The easiest way to run a script as root is just to open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1, or start a termal emulator program like konsole or xterm), and then log in as root (with your root password) or type "su --login" to switch to the root user (again, entering your root password).

Hope that makes it clearer,

Robert J. Lee

Nawas111 11-27-2004 06:02 PM

So i said, im following the guide for the speedtouch modem on the site in my first post. I am running mandrake 10 so according to some i do not need the tarball, i just need the firmware. So ive got that on disc and ive got it on my linux system. So what would i do after that. I have not saved it into any other file or directory and if i need to could you please tell me how to do this


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