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Old 04-24-2002, 02:02 PM   #1
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Unhappy total nOOb question


This is my cherry post, as im sure youll discover from my question.
just installed rhat 6.1 and got myself a little book to help me out.

I came to a point where the book asked me to 'create a file'
and I could find no reference concerning how to accomplish this.

help?
 
Old 04-24-2002, 05:22 PM   #2
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Hi,
some guidance with few assumptions. I assume that RedHat is already installed and that you are working on a project this book of your is asking you to do. To create a file you can use cat, touch, vi, etc.. If you need to know how these commands work, type man before the command you want to consult and read the manual instructions. So after your prompt, assuming this is a dollar sign, your man command is going to look like this;
$ man cat (assuming cat is the command you want to consult)

Need further help? give us more details.

 
Old 04-24-2002, 06:21 PM   #3
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ok ..i going to come back when i have a clue.......

thanks for trying
 
Old 04-25-2002, 12:53 AM   #4
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the command to create a file... at the command prompt, type:
touch yourFileName.here

if you are in gnome or kde or some other(ie. the graphical environment), simply open the thing that looks like "My Computer" in windows on your desktop, eg. "My Home" or something of the like. then right click on any part of the empty space in that window. there will be a few options. select "create new file" or something that looks like that. basically, it can work like windows...

the command 'man', as abrakadabra explained, is short for the word manual. it gives you some information on the command you want to find out about. eg. typing:
man top
will tell you how to use the command 'top'.
personally, i find the man pages some getting used to, so prepare to take some time on it. since u have a reference book, it should come in pretty handy when you sit down, tear your hair and wonder why don't unix people try speaking english

but when you do get used to it, it's very very handy.
 
Old 04-25-2002, 08:06 AM   #5
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A common newbie question is how to get out of the man page, just press 'q' on your keyboard to exit. Good luck.
 
Old 04-25-2002, 09:58 AM   #6
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wow... that's one of the most considerate posts i've seen... didn't occur to me... good one therion...

and hey i notice you're using Gentoo... could u give your comments on it? what's its main selling points and what are its weaknesses if any?
 
Old 04-25-2002, 10:04 AM   #7
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can i just recommend, for the total n00bs out there (of which i still consider myself one!) try out this book here. You will probably only need to read the first few chapters, and maybe chapter ten, and a couple of other things that interest you, but it starts off with the assumption that you know nothing, which can be quite releiveing if you actually do know roughly nothing .
 
Old 04-25-2002, 10:19 AM   #8
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wow... cool link...
 
Old 04-25-2002, 11:27 AM   #9
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he he he he

Wow! thanks for all the advice peps!

It just kinda lost me when my book asked me to
create a file and save it as "blahblah" with no
explanation of how to do it. Then it struck me.
I didnt even know how to do that in DOS! I was
feeling pretty screwed

-Till I made the decision to sacrifice myself
upon the altar of the Linux forum !

Btw.I have been trying to perform most of my tasks
from the command line..not thru Gnome
(saving that till later)
 
Old 04-25-2002, 11:42 AM   #10
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keep it up!
 
  


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