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I am trying to learn how to use Linux. I installed Mandrake 10 and I am using the KDE enviroment. When I try to do anything in the shell I get a Permission Denied error. For example if I switch to root using su and then type in /etc/hosts it comes up with Permission Denied. I'm totally stumped on how to get past this. Any suggestions would be great?
You get permission denied when you try to run a file that's not executable. Typing "/bin/ls" should work, whereas the text file /etc/hosts will not. To view it, you use a text editor. For example, "vi /etc/hosts".
As a side comment, one of the easiest text editors to use is pico because it always displays the key combinations for common actions at the bottom of the screen. vi and vim are both powerful, but at least to me they aren't as easy to use as pico. Just my 2 cents -- J.W.