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Old 08-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
runfast789
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can't "see" .tar.gz files on desktop from terminal


Hello. I'm pretty sure this is a linux question and not specific to Ubuntu 9.04 which I am currently running.
I've downloaded potential printer drivers for my printer (saved to myname/desktop). The installation instructions have me create a directory and move the .tar.gz file into it using terminal. The error I get says

myname@myname-desktop:~$ mkdir lexmark
myname@myname-desktop:~$ mv CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz lexmark
mv: cannot stat `CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz': No such file or directory

I can see the .tar file and the lexmark folder on my desktop. Am I in the wrong place in the terminal? If I run "dir" in the terminal it lists all the files on my desktop except all of the .tar.gz.


Any help would be appreciated to clear up my error message.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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Your desktop is generally a directory named Desktop (case sensitive), not myname-desktop.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 12:59 AM   #3
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One more thing u can do...jst uncompress the .tar.gz file from gui..and after that try to move ionto that folder...wish u all d best
 
Old 08-08-2009, 01:07 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by runfast789 View Post
Hello. I'm pretty sure this is a linux question and not specific to Ubuntu 9.04 which I am currently running.
I've downloaded potential printer drivers for my printer (saved to myname/desktop). The installation instructions have me create a directory and move the .tar.gz file into it using terminal. The error I get says

myname@myname-desktop:~$ mkdir lexmark
myname@myname-desktop:~$ mv CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz lexmark
mv: cannot stat `CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz': No such file or directory

I can see the .tar file and the lexmark folder on my desktop. Am I in the wrong place in the terminal? If I run "dir" in the terminal it lists all the files on my desktop except all of the .tar.gz.


Any help would be appreciated to clear up my error message.
Is your machine called myname-desktop???? In any event you ran the mv command from your home directory (that's what the "~" means so if the tarball is on your desktop then this command will fail.
Code:
myname@myname-desktop:~$ mv CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz lexmark
instead the command should be
Code:
myname@myname-desktop:~$ mv ~/Desktop/CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz lexmark
and you need to run that command from your home directory. OTOH, if you run this command
Code:
myname@myname-desktop:~$ mv ~/Desktop/CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz ~/lexmark
then it doesn't matter what folder you run it from.
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 08-18-2009, 10:24 AM   #5
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Smile

Thanks everyone. I used jdk's suggestions and got everything to work (well the printer still isn't working but that's another story). Context sensitive was the solution. Thanks again for the quick responses.
 
  


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