Originally posted by adds2one
I am just reading through the Slackware 10.1 manual before actually installing onto my system and I am wondering if someone could tell me the significance of the % and # symbols that often seem to precede commands?
They're just an indication of the command prompt. When at the console you will see a prompt (think of the old C:\> from the dos days) looking something like:
user@host directory $
user@host directory %
user@host directory #
It's just common practice (though by no means obligatory) to show the current user's name followed by the computer name, followed by the current working directory, followed by the prompt itself. % and $ indicate a normal user (depending on which shell you use) and # indicates the root user (administrator). Just a reminder of who you are before you do something stupid.