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Old 06-15-2003, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question A day in the life...


Take 1: Wake up, get dressed, got to work. Take 2: Wake up, go to bathroom, do business, brush teeth,go to bedroom, grt dressed, go to kitchen, make coffee, get dog, go for walk, etc....Is anyone out ther willing to describe their typical day on their Linux system in the "Take 2" format. Just curious. The only reason I am using Linux is because I like the shell prompt. But I don't seem to be doing anything with it Thanx --bdw
 
Old 06-16-2003, 03:50 AM   #2
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I'd be glad to explain my life to you, but I'm not sure that's what you want to hear Could you explain a bit more of what you mean/want from this question? If it is:
Wake up, crawl out of bed, stumble into 2nd bedroom, wiggle mouse to wake up monitor, login, check email...
Then let me know, I'll write you the novel of my boring life If you mean something else, let me know that too.

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Old 06-16-2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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No! No! No personal stuff! I guess I should have used a better analogy. For Ex.: Turn on Windows XP, put new printer cd-rom in, let the install wizard do the install, watch the hardware wizard acknowledge new printer ... New modem? Plug it in slot, put in cd-rom, yada yada yada...whil I sit back and don't really have a direct effect on the real process of these installs. If computers are tools and at the same time products of tools, then what are some of the ways a Linux user "tools" his tool, what are the paths for these tasks, and obviously, what are the results? Perhaps I haven't read enough, but most literature I read assumes you know theses things( configuring for ex.). ANOTHER EX.: I've been having trouble with modem-but i'm on the right track-, and someone suggested using "cat /proc/pci". Now, I think I'm smart enough to know this may involve the shell prompt- but that's about it. You see, I'm VERY new to Linux. And I'm still learning shell commands.( But all the while I think perhaps " cat..." could be done in GUI. ) Do you see where I'm going with this? The bottom line is I like using DOS-like commands to communicate with computer, and I have a tendency to get involved in details that are realistically beyond my current scope of ability. And when that happens that's I want to know what an advanced user does to accomplish certain tasks. The HOW WHEN WHERE WHAT in very general terms. If this type of inquiry is too abstract or wierd I' ll respect no reply. Thanx. --bdw
 
Old 06-16-2003, 11:51 PM   #4
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err....
When using command line, man, info, google and /usr/share/doc are some of your best sources.
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If this type of inquiry is too abstract or wierd I' ll respect no reply
Or, maybe I should not have answered?
 
Old 06-17-2003, 02:16 AM   #5
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Sounds like a psych test.
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I want to feel what you are thinking, see into your mind when you think of things like 'cat /etc/passwd'
I swear Freud said that once

I don't really have a good way of telling you what I think when I type other than "What would acid_kewpie do"

No, really, it goes like that. If I get into a situation that requires some thought (maybe I'm looking for info on cpu type) I will do my best to think back to a thread I've seen where one of the guru's (or even a guru posing as a n00b) have replied with some amazing string of characters; and I will attempt to mimic that string. So for cpu info I would cat /proc and press tab until my heart explodes, or until I can get a list of what's in proc. Then, I will glance over the list, look for things that look "cpu-like" and cat them:
cat /proc/cpuinfo
And bam! The info appears on my screen. Dumb luck really, most of the time. I grab bits and pieces of threads on here, searches on google, previous similar situations, and randomly pull from that source until something works.

For this reason, mostly, is why I consider myself relatively un-knowledgeable in Linux. I simply piece together other things I've done in similar situations, pull from other people's ideas, do a google and an LQ search, and can usually fix my problems. I believe the guru's around here create those pages on google and LQ that I'm searching for. They assist me through the previous situations that I relate to. People like Moses and David_Ross who actually know a thing or 2 would be the ones you should hope reply to this thread. Those are going to be the ones with the answers that you appear to be seeking. In other words, my mediclorine (spelling is wrong I'm sure) count is very low, I'm like one of those Jedi dudes who just get blasted away easily. Your more advanced guru's, like Trickykid, are more like ObiWan Kanobi and Skywalker.

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Old 06-17-2003, 02:17 AM   #6
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Isn't this a Beatles song?
 
Old 06-17-2003, 02:25 AM   #7
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Ahh yes:
Quote:
Originally sang by a Beatle
Woke up, got outta bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way down stairs and had a coke, somebody spoke and I went into a dream, Ahh ahhh ahh...


Other ways to learn like a guru:
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Now try a few of those things listed, use the man page on em first, and then try em out.

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