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Old 09-25-2005, 12:49 PM   #1
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New to linux, Basic questions


I am very new to linux so if there's somthing stupid I write here let me know. I've been playing around with RH Fedora Core 3 and been having a lot of problems:

1. I can't get sound to work. I tried the $setup but nothing happened.
2. Trying to install a DNS server and the directions in this book i have are:
rpm -ivh /mnt/cdrom/RedHat/RPMS/bind-9*.
When I type this in RH has no clue what I'm talking about.
3. Having trouble with mounting devices. I have nothing in the /mnt directory, however is mount /dev/cdrom the same as mount /mnt/cdrom.
4. Wanted to install Lime Wire it can't locate the package j2re.

I also wanted to know what websites are good for beggining linux users where I can learn about the basics. Thanks.
 
Old 09-25-2005, 01:05 PM   #2
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1) try alsaconf and see what happens
2) are you trying to use your computer as a DNS server, or do you want to set DNS servers for internet access?
3)you mount the dev into the mnt location - like this:
mount -t auto /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom. /mnt/cdrom has to exist first.
4) It could be that j2re is not installed. The rpm command is your friend. I don't know the switch for searching packages, but run man rpm and you'll find it.
 
Old 09-25-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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1. It didn't recognize the command. Is alsaconf a program in a specific folder or a command found somwhere else.
2. I'm trying to use my computer as a DNS server, just to play around with it for this class I'm in.
3. When I run this command, mount -t auto /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom it asks to specify a file system. Does linux use NTFS? What do I need to add to that command.
4. The man rpm command just lists a bunch of words about the switches. I should probably read up on the rpm command.
 
Old 09-25-2005, 01:35 PM   #4
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alsaconf is in the /usr/sbin directory so you have to either be root or su to root to find and use it. I don't know about creating DNS servers. The filesyste for cd discs is iso9660 so do mount -t iso9660 ... Right, for rpm-based distros, get to know the rpm command.
 
Old 09-25-2005, 01:57 PM   #5
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My FC3 uses /media, not /mnt. Does it vary with installation (mine's on a laptop).
 
Old 09-25-2005, 07:04 PM   #6
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Actually a mount point can be anywhere in the filesystem. Some distros provide /mnt and others provide /media as a central location for mounting removable devices.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 02:06 AM   #7
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I'd recommend you use the 'yum' cmd that comes with RH, as this loads software AND automatically deals withdependencies, otherwise you could be in trouble eg pkg A needs pkg B which needs pkg C etc.. You don't want to do this manually.
 
  


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