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Old 09-14-2004, 04:09 PM   #1
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NEWBIE! Please help me.


Hey guys,

I am sorry in advanced for how stupid some of these questions may sound. I have got my friend to install linux on my laptop. My plan is to use it for developing php and mysql scripts.

He has giving my laptop back to me with linux installed and working perfectley. (i think)

However, when i try and write to my apache root folder, i get an error telling me that i don't have permission. Is this because i am not loged in as "root"?

When i click on the "admin menu" on the desktop, it takes me to a comment prompt asking for my root password. However, when i try and type anything at all, nothing happens. My friend told me what my password was when he gave my laptop back to me, however i can't type it in for some reason. :-\

Do you have any ideas? Am i doing the right thing?

Sorry for the n00d questions. I hope you guys can help me.
Thanks,
Jon
 
Old 09-14-2004, 04:14 PM   #2
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Hi,

and welcome to LQ...


As for the password typing:

Linux doesn't echo anything for password input
by default so an attacker who watches you wouldn't
even have a good enough indication as to how
long the password entered was.

As for the permissions: it depends who the owner
of the target directory is, and whether others or
maybe a group have write-access as well.

You should try to avoid working as root at
all costs :)


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 09-14-2004, 04:15 PM   #3
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hi, and welcome to Linux! specially to Linuxquestions!

don't feel bad at all for the questions you are making, those are actually very good ones.

For your first question, with the information that you have provided, yes it leads me to believe that what you need to do is be 'root' when editing the apache folder.

now on the second problem, when you type #]: su what comes up on the screen, does it ask for your password?

Also....if it does, and you type in your password...but you don't see little asteritks like in Windows....all you see is blank...that is OKAY that is the way it's supposed to be! so just type in your password, and press enter.

Let us know how it goes! good luck

zLinuxz
 
Old 09-14-2004, 04:15 PM   #4
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hehe, beat me to it Tinkster,
 
Old 09-14-2004, 04:27 PM   #5
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haha, i see!! very cleaver. I have got it sorted now. Thanks for the help guys.
 
  


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