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Old 10-24-2004, 11:19 PM   #1
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Stupid Questions


Here are my stupid new linux user questions:

1) HOW DO YOU LOG IN AS ROOT??? I know my username and password, but I can't log in using those at the login thingy

2)When I try to install programs, i get "Permission Denied," but i think its cause i'm not logged in as root.

3) How do I mount my CD ROM? Maybe I need to mount as root...

4) I think all my problems are because I can't log in as root. Anywho, I'm trying to get my Lexar Media JumpDrive Secure to start, and when I start Linux I can see it load it up, but where can i go to see the files? Are they in some secrety hidden foldery thing?

5) I wanna get my external USB 80 gig slave drive to work. Help! (I bet i need root)

Thanks if you can help me! I just now got internet to work... ^_^


Sincerely,

John.
The linux retard. I hate windows.
 
Old 10-24-2004, 11:33 PM   #2
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if you want to log in as root,

login: root
password: your-root-password

thats it...although you have to be careful while being root. You may end up blowing everything.

Tux.
 
Old 10-24-2004, 11:38 PM   #3
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HOLY CRAP! I THINK I FORGOT MY ROOT LOG IN NAME!

I know the password, but i forgot the screen name...

It might be John... or MasterJohn... or masterjohn or Master John

I don't know

Is there a way to get it back? Do I need to reinstall linux?
 
Old 10-24-2004, 11:53 PM   #4
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Root's login name is (believe it or not) root. You set the password during the install -- hopefully you remember it. If you are logged in as yourself, you can also become root by typing "su =" (no quotes) at a command prompt, then entering the root password.
 
Old 10-24-2004, 11:56 PM   #5
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ok, lemme try that real quick. I'll tell u if it works in a min. Thanks a ton! o_O
 
Old 10-24-2004, 11:59 PM   #6
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Hey, who's buried in Grant's tomb?


Sorry, couldn't resist


Just to confuse you more...
You should really read Rute:

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz

Have fun!
 
Old 10-25-2004, 12:02 AM   #7
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Wow. THat was easy. Worked instantly. I'm a retard. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 10-25-2004, 12:47 AM   #8
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Ok... Now I'm able to log in as root, but installation stuff aint working.

Example: I try to install the new version of Gaim. I run in the command thingy (in the right directory and stuff:

$ ./configure

(Stuff appears, no errors)

$ make

(more stuff, no errors)

$ make install

(Lots more stuff, no errors)

Now what? I can't find where GAIM went. (Btw, my version of linux is CollegeLinux 2.5 i think)
 
Old 10-25-2004, 12:03 PM   #9
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"make install" with no errors means you installed the program. Since you didnt provide any prefix (directory of your preference) during installation...most likely it is in /usr/bin. I would suggest you type

$ gaim

at the command prompt and see what happens...I think it should start.

Edit: not to mention /usr/bin should be in your path. To check path type at the command prompt

$ echo $PATH

Last edited by tuxrules; 10-25-2004 at 12:04 PM.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 12:53 PM   #10
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Re: Stupid Questions

I'll take a shot at these

Quote:
Originally posted by zinggniz

3) How do I mount my CD ROM? Maybe I need to mount as root...

5) I wanna get my external USB 80 gig slave drive to work. Help! (I bet i need root)
Answer to 3 -- generally you can just type in mnt /dev/cdrom. Various distros move it around. Check /etc/fstab to see for sure where it is mounting to (/dev/cdrom, /media/cdrom, /etc.). Usually KDE and Gnome will 'autodetect' the presence of a CD and mount it for you.

Answer to 5 -- If you have hotplug installed (rpm -qa|grep hotplug) it is generally mounted automagically to /dev/sda???. After you plug it in, tail /var/log/messages (as root) to see where it got mounted to, or if there was a problem. In KDE you can create a new device on the desktop to point to it and make things faster for you.
 
Old 10-26-2004, 09:44 PM   #11
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It didn't work... :-( O well... I'm going to try to install one more time. Whats the EXACT THINGS i need to type and in WHAT ORDER? Just to make sure i don't mess it up... Thanks so much for the help u gave me so far. I'm gonna mess with what i got so far and see if it will work.

When I launched

$ gaim

Gaim version 0.43 started up and the promp said some kind of "permission denied" error (cause i'm not in as root) instead of 1.07 (the one i installed)

I'm also trying to install Foomatic (for my printer) and mount my slave drive and thumb drive (which are both recognized at start-up in the command prompt stuff, but i can't find how to open the files. Help!)

Thanks!

:-P

I'm also gonna try launching
$ foomatic

and see what happens. In fact, i'm gonna try right now before i finish this post! Wait a min...












... comand not found....

Shoot. o_O
 
Old 10-26-2004, 10:47 PM   #12
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Hey, another weird thing!

How do you tell it where to install it to?

I tried
$ make install /home/zinggniz/foomatic/

for foomatic, (after creating the folder), but it just yelled an error at me.

When I tried to mount my CD rom, it told me:

"mount: can't find /iso9600 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab"

and didn't work.

Thanks for not giving up on me yet!
 
Old 10-26-2004, 11:01 PM   #13
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Usually you use the --prefix option to ./configure to tell software where to install itself. Most configure scripts have a --help option that will tell you about this and other configuration options. If the software you're installing doesn't use autoconf/automake, you can usually specify it on the command line or edit the Makefile, but it varies.
 
  


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