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(If you all get tired of these stupid questions, feel free to tell me to kiss off).
In trying to figure out my network stuff, I notice that there is a Unix package called "iputils" which one would assume (bad to assume, John, as we all well know!) contains some utility packages for dealing with the innards of network basics. Does anyone have any view on whether this should (can?) be gotten and looked at? Useful??
Well, perhaps the one redeeming thing about being a newbie is that I (up to a point) can make stupid mistakes! From reading another posting I figured out that my path has to have /sbin in it to use these tools. I have been cautioned against learning things while logged in as root, so don't normally do that. So far as the question of "what am I trying to do?" I am (was) trying to figure out if my three systems communicate with each other (they do -- the ping verified it).