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If you're using USB, you'll need a driver for your modem instead of for your network card. That'll be the same with any distro, but perhaps Fedora and Mandriva include those drivers in their kernels (I don't know).
You don't type "edit /etc/inittab", you do it (i.e. it's an instruction to edit the file /etc/inittab). You can use any text editor to do this (vi, Emacs, pico, Kate, KWrite for example). You'll need to become root before editing the file. In a terminal you can run "su" (without the quotes) and then enter your password when prompted. Then run "editor /etc/inittab", replacing editor with the whatever you want to use. Note that executable names are usually lowercase, so if you want to use KWrite, you'd run "kwrite /etc/inittab". Also note that if you don't have a graphical user interface running at the moment, you'll not be able to use KWrite or Kate (and you'll also not be able to use Emacs if you don't have the emacs-nox package installed).
You were already root, so you didn't need to type su (I suggest you add a user account for yourself for normal use and only use root when necessary). Secondly, I did say executables were lowercase You need a space between the executable and the filename, obviously otherwise the shell is going to think it's looking for "kwrite/etc/inittab". How does it know otherwise?
Please don't type in all capitals, as it looks like you're shouting.
hi, i apologise for not paying good attentions to your post below
did say executables were lowercase You need a space between the executable and the filename
this was because i did not notice the space between the file and the slash.
i have now come back with this output: see below please:
# inittab This file describes how the INIT process should set up
# the system in a certain run-level.
# Version: @(#)inittab 2.04 17/05/93 MvS
# 2.10 02/10/95 PV
# 3.00 02/06/1999 PV
# 4.00 04/10/2002 PV
# Author: Miquel van Smoorenburg, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
# Modified by: Patrick J. Volkerding, <email@example.com>
# These are the default runlevels in Slackware:
# 0 = halt
# 1 = single user mode
# 2 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
# 3 = multiuser mode (default Slackware runlevel)
# 4 = X11 with KDM/GDM/XDM (session managers)
# 5 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
# 6 = reboot
# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
# System initialization (runs when system boots).
# Script to run when going single user (runlevel 1).
# Script to run when going multi user.
# What to do at the "Three Finger Salute".
ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t5 -r now
# Runlevel 0 halts the system.
# Runlevel 6 reboots the system.
# What to do when power fails.
# If power is back, cancel the running shutdown.
# These are the standard console login getties in multiuser mode:
c1:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty1 linux
c2:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty2 linux
c3:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty3 linux
c4:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty4 linux
c5:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty5 linux
c6:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty6 linux
# Local serial lines:
#s1:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -L ttyS0 9600 vt100
#s2:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -L ttyS1 9600 vt100
# Runlevel 4 used to be for an X window only system, until we discovered
# that it throws init into a loop that keeps your load avg at least 1 all
# the time. Thus, there is now one getty opened on tty6. Hopefully no one
# will notice. ;^)
# It might not be bad to have one text console anyway, in case something
# happens to X.
# End of /etc/inittab
i am in need of your help and i badly need internet connections on my slackware to have a proper taste of it.