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Old 03-30-2010, 03:24 AM   #1
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Starting a command line interpreter when using Gnome Desktop: 3 different ways???


G'Day from Australia!

I'm studying Information Technology and doing Linux as part of it.
One of the questions in my text book is:

Describe three different ways to start a command line interpreter when using the Gnome desktop of openSUSE Linux.

I can't for the life of me make sense out of it.
Can anyone help me out with some wasy to start a command line interpreter?
 
Old 03-30-2010, 03:30 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

Please try to find at least one way yourself before asking. This
smacks of homework, and surely they don't give you material that
contains no information but just questions.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-30-2010, 04:04 AM   #3
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I think the problem here is the phrase "command line interpreter". Could you answer the question if it instead said: "terminal" or perhaps "terminal emulator" maybe "console" or "shell prompt"?

Cheers,

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:48 AM   #4
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I agree with both Tink & evo, surely whilst in your class the lecturer has used these words before
and then in your prac you have had to open what these words ("command line interpreter") refer too.
 
Old 03-30-2010, 04:51 AM   #5
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One of the questions in my text book is:

Describe three different ways to start a command line interpreter when using the Gnome desktop of openSUSE Linux.
Now surely if it were a textbook question, the answer (or the information to work out the answer) would be in the textbook. Whether it is from a textbook or is homework, you will get the most from the question by figuring it out for yourself. Either way, you are in a lot of trouble if you are studying IT, yet can't even find your way around a simple GUI.

That said, I will give you a big clue to what my answer would be (though it may not be correct) - there are (at least) three ways in which you can launch an application in Gnome which are virtually identical to three ways you can launch an application in MS-Windows.
 
Old 03-30-2010, 05:41 AM   #6
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After some exploring

Ok so I've done some exploring and reading and here is what I have come up with:

1. There is an application called Gnome Terminal which I got to through GNOME DO. When I run it, it goes straight to Gnome Terminal command line.

2. When I am in the Linux File Browser window, I click on File and click 'Open in Terminal'

I can't seem to think of a third way.

In windows, I guess I would run command which takes me straight to dos, or go to explorer, find the program and open it with the .exe file (2 above), or ......... ????

Please give me some more guidance?

P.S. Thanks all for not spoon feeding. It's been good for me to hunt around and find it out for myself!!!!
 
Old 03-30-2010, 05:49 AM   #7
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I thought gnome had a big "Applications" and/or "System" menu? That's the first place I look when I'm forced to use gnome.

Evo2.
 
Old 03-30-2010, 07:51 AM   #8
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Now that we are all aware of your 'deeds'. A clue but not the answer to the golden nugget; Virtual Terminal via the keyboard actions. You should be able to get the rest.

Just a few useful links to use along with your text;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links' .
More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 03-30-2010, 04:56 PM   #9
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Hi,
A clue but not the answer to the golden nugget; Virtual Terminal via the keyboard actions. You should be able to get the rest.
I wouldn't have said that switching to a virtual terminal would be classed as starting a command line interpreter, as it is already running - that said, thinking back to all the rubbish homework questions I have been set in my life, it could well be exactly the answer his 'textbook' ;-) is asking for.

Anyway, if he still hasn't found three ways, then I will put him out of his misery. But he has to find a way to see it. Here's my answers (which might well be wrong) :
  • From the applications menu (like start menu in Windows)
  • Pressing alt+f2 to bring up the application launcher and enter 'gnome-terminal' or 'xterm'(like start and run, in Windows)
  • Entering the same into an already running terminal (I don't recall if this works in cmd.exe in Windows)
  • Using a desktop icon (which may or may not need to be created first, it's a while since I used OpenSUSE) - same should work with a Windows desktop icon
  • Using a file manager such as nautilus to navigate to the location of gnome-terminal (/usr/bin/gnome-terminal) and double click it (as you might do with Windows Explorer)
 
  


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