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Old 07-08-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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Would any masters of Linux out there?


I just wanted to know if there was anyone out there who would like to help me get used to this system by teaching me along the way? It would be great and only needed for a short period of time. I think there are a lot of great people on this forum and some have helped me out so much so far. So If there is anyone out there just reply to this message.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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Not sure what kind of help you need, but I suggest you try your local LUG since you will have more human interaction. I find that using Forums, IRC and email is good, but sometimes hanging around with other Linux users at a LUG is very helpful for beginners.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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Silicon,

If you are willing to use the man command i.e.

man ls
man grep
man dd

every linux command has a man page.

And, you are willing to use google. And, you are willing to use Debian linux, which is free, I will help you with questions that might arise, or resolve mystifying things that have no plausable explanation.

But, hand holding and babysitting doesn't work with linux. You have to be a man to use linux. That's because linux is just like a really classy woman. When you first start using linux, it's like your first date. You have to figure out what turns her on, and learn how to give her what she wants. She's got class. She isn't going to fall for a man who is physically attractive, but has no other positive attributes. You won't get by with linux on good looks. You have to explore, through interaction, the heart of a woman, or the workings of linux. You want to learn how to give her what she wants, so you can get what you want. When you finally have mastered her, she performs flawlessly for you. You can do anything you want with her, any time you feel like it, because you know what she wants. If all you're doing is talking to me over email, your not with her. You have to spend some time together getting to know each other. But, in the end you will fall in love, and, you will be her master.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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You should put your distro in your profile. It's easier to help when we know your distro.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 05:05 PM   #5
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http://www.linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php

start off with that and get comfortable.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 05:20 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine
Silicon,

If you are willing to use the man command i.e.

man ls
man grep
man dd

every linux command has a man page.

And, you are willing to use google. And, you are willing to use Debian linux, which is free, I will help you with questions that might arise, or resolve mystifying things that have no plausable explanation.

But, hand holding and babysitting doesn't work with linux. You have to be a man to use linux. That's because linux is just like a really classy woman. When you first start using linux, it's like your first date. You have to figure out what turns her on, and learn how to give her what she wants. She's got class. She isn't going to fall for a man who is physically attractive, but has no other positive attributes. You won't get by with linux on good looks. You have to explore, through interaction, the heart of a woman, or the workings of linux. You want to learn how to give her what she wants, so you can get what you want. When you finally have mastered her, she performs flawlessly for you. You can do anything you want with her, any time you feel like it, because you know what she wants. If all you're doing is talking to me over email, your not with her. You have to spend some time together getting to know each other. But, in the end you will fall in love, and, you will be her master.
Ah, look Dr. Phil (on Linux)! Although I do totally agree.

To help me, I have a few books and eBooks I have aquired. I do understand that reading is a thing of the past :lol: But in order to learn, you have to be willing to put your own time into it and just search, read, search, read, eat, search, read

Hell.. I've had linux for about a month, and just learned how to use urpmi yesterday :lol:
 
Old 07-08-2006, 08:02 PM   #7
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Ask good questions, experiment, and figure things out for yourself. That's really the best way to learn. Everyone here is willing to help when you get stuck, but the self-teaching approach really is the best way to go.
 
Old 07-08-2006, 11:16 PM   #8
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Here's a few helpful items.

updatedb --prunepaths='/tmp /usr/tmp /var/tmp /proc /sys /mnt /media /dev'

ever time you add files to a system and you want to locate them immediately, you have to do updatedb

But, for old files that were there before the last updatedb, you don't have to run updatedb again to find with locate.

Will make a index of all the files, with paths, on your system.

Then, if you need to find a file or directory, even if you only know part of its name:

locate <partoffilename(i.e. .jpg, gnome, gpdf, or anything)

Now you can find a file instantaneously, but you might get more than one screenful, So,

locate <string> | less

Less Gives one screen at a time, Pgup pgdn, arrows navigate less. Less would be the best editor for linux if you could edit with it.

To install a source package:

tar zxvf sourcefile.tar.gz

or

tar jxvf sourcefile.tar.bz2

up arrow for last command

Change the command line to read

cd sourcefile

enter

cat README | less

cat INSTALL | less

./configure --help

./configure
make
make install (as root)

rpm -iv package.rpm

to install rpm packages

dpkg -i package.deb

or

apt-get install package

for Debian

CTRL+ALT+F1 for console

CTRL+ALT+F7 for X server

CTRL+ALT+F8 for second X server

CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE to kill and restart X server

ps aux | less

to view processes

kill pid

to terminate a process nicely

kill 9 pid

to kill a process mercilessly

k3b

to record CD/DVD

kate

for gui editor

Konquerer

for gui file management (URL = file:/)

cd usr/share/doc
ls

for instructions

cd /usr/share/applnk
cd /usr/share/applications

for about a gizillion .desktop files

When you find a program you want,

cp /usr/share/applications/program.desktop /home/sam/Desktop

Now, the program will be on your desktop.

If you want to launch a bunch of programs to see what they are, go to the .desktop file directories in Konquerer, and click on them, one at a time. The program will launch. Help>About to see what it does.

If you are trying to launch a program from the command line, as root, and the xserver won't start, open a user shell and

xhost +

to allow root on the X server

To associate a long path with a short name:

alias gpdf='/opt/gnome/bin/gpdf'
alias -p

to see the new alias. Now, when you type gpdf, it will launch because to the machine gpdf means the whole path.

To find a word, string, or phrase in a whole directory, like /etc, but you have no idea what file to look in:

grep -r 'word' /etc

Will list every file with the 'word' in it in the entire /etc directory

You might get an error message like:

unable to continue...
reconfigure g32x as 'dri'

So,

grep -r 'g32x' /etc

will find where you set that value.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 05:05 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine
updatedb --prunepaths='/tmp /usr/tmp /var/tmp /proc /sys /mnt /media /dev'

ever time you add files to a system and you want to locate them immediately, you have to do updatedb
It might be an idea to set up a cron job to do this periodically. Slackware has one set up for this, but I'm not sure about other distros.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 08:35 AM   #10
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Everyone like you a newbie, and like me need help, but we should learn it by ourselves first, and just ask some question we're not sure here. Do you think I'm right? Just do it, we make our effort together.
 
  


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