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Old 03-18-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question Accessing SHELL? in Fedora Core 3

Hi all,

I am VERY new to LINUX but have decided that I must make the plunge!

I have installed Fedora Core 3 on my laptop and successfully configured it but my problem is this:

When I go to install some applications, they often give a serious of commands to run but no clue where to run them. I am assuming they are to be run in the Linux shell (which I believe is the equivalent of a MS DOS prompt?). To give an example, when I try to install AIRSNORT, it rather cryptically says:

Linux users perform the following steps

# tar -xzf airsnort-0.2.6.tar.gz
# cd airsnort-0.2.6
# ./configure
# make
# make install (optional)

But I don't know where to 'perform' them.

Can anyone tell me where to go? (politely please ;-)


Old 03-18-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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Assuming you use konqueror:-

Navigate to the directory containing airsnort-0.2.6.tar.gz
On the menu bar click Window -> Show Terminal Emulator
This will open a terminal emulator at the bottom of konqueror where you can type in the commands.

If you dont have konqueror you must open a terminal (Xterm or Konsole or Gnome Terminal) and write:-
cd /path/to/directory
where /path/to/directory will be something like /home/MrFett/Download where the file airsnort-0.2.6.tar.gz is.
Then you can type in the commands.

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Old 03-18-2005, 10:42 AM   #3
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You need to open a terminal window to access the shell. There are a few different ways to do this. One is to choose a terminal from your menu, or there may be a "open terminal" link in whatever file browser you're using.

Main thing is to find a selction callled "terminal, konsole, xterm, eterm, etc.... they are all terminals.
Old 03-18-2005, 10:43 AM   #4
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You have to open a Terminal window to access the shel. It'll open something quite like DOS. In Gnome, click on the Desktop with your right button and selec "open terminal here" or something like that.
You should also have the option somewhere in the Gnome menu (the foot icon). KDE has something like that, as well.
Old 03-18-2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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Ha, 3 answers in two minutes!!
Old 03-18-2005, 10:57 AM   #6
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Thank you so much guys/gals for your help - I can see that the Linux community is much friendlier and more helpful!

I see I have a lot to learn regarding all the options and interfaces available - a great deal of reading will be done....

Thanks again peeps


P.S. I'm LOVING Fedora's feel already.


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