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Old 08-31-2004, 12:28 PM   #1
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Account setup - need help!

Hi all. Having problems getting to grips with this O/S

I can install Linux (RH9 – Bash) - Fine. I can create a user account - Fine.


1.When ever I try to do anything at the command line I keep getting file not found and I can't execute anything....etc
2.When I set up xwindows the dam terminal doesn’t behave like the keyboard.

3. Running in root doesn’t seem to help either.

I know you have to set-up some sort of .cshrc file in you home area etc but why doesn’t this thing get set-up as default so you can actually execute some commands!!!

What needs to be set-up to get things working???
Anyone got a basic set of the files needed to save keep setting things up?

Any help would be appreciated as I’m so frustrated with this OS.


Old 08-31-2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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i don't quite know what you problem is...

If your running Red Hat 9 than you're out of date anyways... but it will work okay so long as you use apt-get for new packages.. I recommend a visit to and download the apt rpm for shrike... to install it.. you activate root in terminal.. "su -" + ENTER + "roots password"
Then move to the directory you downloaded the rpm to.. (probably /home/username) then type "rpm -Uvh apt*.rpm"

after that finishes... type apt-get update, then apt-get dist-upgrade... this will upgrade all packages you have installed to their newest versions...

When you try running things as root in terminal make sure to use "su -" rather than "su" as there is a difference... get your updates done and see what you come up with...
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Re: Account setup - need help!

Originally posted by thebigkung
1.When ever I try to do anything at the command line I keep getting file not found and I can't execute anything....etc
3. Running in root doesn’t seem to help either.
Well ... either the packages with those commands
aren't installed, or both root and the normal users
have stuffed PATH variables.

Knowing a few of the commands that don't work
might help us in assessing the situation.
Also getting a description of WHAT in the keyboard
does work differently might help :)

Old 08-31-2004, 01:59 PM   #4
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Can you show us an example of the command(s) that is/are giving you problems.

A "File not found" could be that your PATH varaible is not set properly. Try the following command "echo $PATH " But there could be other reasons.....

A "cut & paste" (including the commands) would be very helpfull
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I think it's my Paths, but I don't know why it would not be correct as I did nothing unusual when installing the OS.

$PATHS returns

bash: /usr/local/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/home/lquinn/bin: No such file or directory

if I run something like chkconfig I get "command not found"

the "su -" seem to help with the root command. thanks but I would like to administer all things under my own account and avoid using root.

On the X side. when I open a terminal I can't navigate using the pc keyboard buttons they just produce spurious characters.


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