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Old 03-19-2014, 05:53 PM   #1
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A few arb questions..if you would please...


Im using Debian wheezy xfce 4...love it so far, just have a few questions...mostly general linux stuff

just a very brief answer will do...

1) when i go apt-get install (package) where is that downloading to?
I added the australian repository in my sources.list file,do those downloaded packages need to be deleted? i ran apt-get autoremove after the system told me to, as packages were not needed, is this ok?

2) Is Thunar 1.2.3 an ok file manager, can you change easily using xfce? any recommendations?

3) My gedit just vanished (due to the apt-get autoremove?) wasnt in the menu, couldnt open text files, tried to install nano, told me it was already up to date, why cant i see a nano shortcut anywhere?

4) Where do you change file associations? couldnt find it, thought it was to do with the file manager...this is where i saw people complaining about Thunar, and that xfce was hard to change manager, this post was from 2010 though, so i doubt its still the same.

5) Is it illegal to ask questions in this form on this forum...dont want to stand on any toes, but i am reading general info and trying stuff...and naturally have a lot of questions...is there a better way to learn without irritating you guys...

anyways, thanks for reading, cant wait for input

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Old 03-19-2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by sigint-ninja View Post
1) when i go apt-get install (package) where is that downloading to?
I added the australian repository in my sources.list file,do those downloaded packages need to be deleted? i ran apt-get autoremove after the system told me to, as packages were not needed, is this ok?
It downloads to /var/cache/apt/archives/
You don't need to remove the existing files in the archive. They are the same files as you would download from any repository for your version. Even if you use other versions, removing is not needed.
If disk space is a concern you could use apt-get clean or apt-get autoclean. Check man apt-get for the explanation.


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5) Is it illegal to ask questions in this form on this forum...dont want to stand on any toes, but i am reading general info and trying stuff...and naturally have a lot of questions...is there a better way to learn without irritating you guys...
It is not illegal. Illegal is to ask questions about illegal activities like password cracking. I don't see anything wrong in asking a list of related questions. Some members might advise differently.

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Old 03-19-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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I can answer a few of those...

2) Thunar is a fine file manager. I really like it for xfce. If it isn't your flavor, xfe, nautilus, konqueror (not sure if it's still around much), pcmanfm, are all pretty good ones. There was one based on Norton Commander (I think it was called Midnight Commander...not sure) that was pretty good. There are lots of options, just google linux file manager, and lots of choices will pop up. I stick with Thunar though, just because I like it.

3) If you're using xfce, sometimes menu shortcuts don't get put in the right places. If it says gedit was removed, you can always reinstall it using:
Code:
apt-get install gedit
As for why no shortcuts for nano, it's because it is a command-line text editor. It is really easy to use, as far as command-line editors go, as it has a very good interface for people like me who aren't smart enough to use vi/vim or emacs. I could never get the hang of them, but nano is really easy to use for me. But to use it you have to open a terminal or a console.

There are dozens of text editors, and there are always battles about which is best. I really don't get involved. I just ignore the fighting and just use what I like. Here are some graphical ones I like and use: gedit, mousepad, leafpad. Like I said, there are LOTS. I won't say what is best, because it just depends on your style of working.

5) Ask away! If there is something in the wrong place, I'm sure some gentle moderator will leave a friendly reminder and/or move the thread.

Good luck!
 
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies...this is truly an amazing community!!!
 
  


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