Originally Posted by mhg
Making progress using Ubuntu 6.10.
I want to configure automount settings. Someone posted two great links with instructions, but I can not get the commands they go through to work. I know different distros use different commands, and I know so very little about using the command line.
For example, the instructions say to do: Edit/etc/auto.master. This command gets me nowhere in Ubuntu.
I have posted on the Ubuntu.org forums, but no help there yet.
Will I have to be more familiar with commands particular to Ubuntu to do this myself? Or hope to find Ubuntu specific instructions?
Thanks for all help.
Nope, complete re-edit. I was getting my "vi's" mixed up.
To edit the /etc/auto.master file, you'd have to do
sudo vi /etc/auto.master
in a terminal window.
Then, once the file is open, you can move around it with the arrow keys (I think theres a mod/package available for mouse control but I've never used it), to make any actual changes in vi, hit the insert button, move to where you want to make the change.
Then hit esc, then to save it and close, it's :wq (colon and letters w and q). Bingo it's done.
Or you could install nano (from the package managers list), but the command to get it going is still gonna be
sudo nano /etc/auto.master
and I think that it's still moved/navigated with the arrow keys. The difference is that theres a little line at the bottom that tells you some of the commands that you'd need i.e. once opened, you make the change(s), then when thats done, it's just ctrl+x, answer y to save the mod to the file and that should be it (I'm trying to picture it in my head to remember).
Different distros can and do, have different default text editors. Or you can install one that you like, but you still have to make sure about upper and lower case, spaces and slashes etc etc, because one typo is the difference between the right file and a different one (that might be wrong or just blank as it's not used).
p.s. erm here's
some VI instructions that I found linked from the Ubuntu Wiki all you'd have to do is remember how to start VI in the first place the follow the instructions to edit just about any file you'd need to (there is one or two that need a version called visudo - the sudoers file I think is one, but hey, check the guide
(theres probably an official one out there too!).