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Old 07-10-2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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commands not workin in fedora 9

i have freshly installed fedora 9 on my dell inspiron 1420 laptop..
but there are many commands which are not working on it as superuser ...
like neat,ifconfig,locate..m gettin comand not found..
i really liked the looks but my touchpad is also not working properly.
can neone tell me wats the problem..
Old 07-10-2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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many commands which are not working on it as superuser ...
like neat,ifconfig,locate..m gettin comand not found..
If you are getting 'command not found' errors, then the command processor does not know where the file is. There are a few reasons why that might be.

1. The command and the package it is installed from is not installed. In this case, install it using the package manager. This is not usually the case for ifconfig.

2. The path to the command is not known by bash. Ifconfig can be run as a regular user or root. To run it a s regular user, you need to supply the path information to the executable. On my system ifcongig is installed in /sbin/ directory, so to run it as a user, I type '/sbin/ifconfig' and it works. As root I don't need to do add the path, since root has a different set of known paths to look for command executables.

Locate is a bit different. To use it, you need to update the database first, as the root user. To do that, 'su' press enter, and give your root password. Then run the command 'updatedb'. Let it run, and when done, exit back to your user. Then do a 'locate filenameyouwanttofind'. You should not get 'command not found' If you do then there are packages missing on your system.

my touchpad is also not working properly
As root you will need to edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf. There will be a section for your mouse/touchpad. In order to know what to put there, you need to post the make and model information of your system. Then do a search for touchpad information. I'm sure someone has made on of these work. Once we know what to add or modify, then edit the file, make the changes. That should be it.

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Old 07-10-2008, 03:30 PM   #3
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just type...

whereis ifconfig, and it will tell you /sbin/ifconfig.
/sbin isnt in your path ... Thats the problem. On a redhat type distro

edit ~/.bash_profile

ex: vi /home/YOURUSERNAME/.bash_profile

and add /sbin to the end of the PATH like this:

PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/bin (I have added some others)
Old 07-10-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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Using Fedora9 both commands whereis and locate works directly.
So maybe something was going wrong with the installation by av.dubey
I remember in the past before using the commands you have to build up the database first
Even in Mandriva it works directly
The difference is locate gives more information

all the best
Old 07-10-2008, 05:07 PM   #5
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Or, perhaps, he was doing a su without the - so his path was not set to root 's path.
Old 07-11-2008, 06:04 AM   #6
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no ..actually while iam installing fedora 9 using its dvd ...its taking quite a long time to boot up .and from the very beginnig my touch pad is not working properly...even the graphics are coming slightly distorted..
should i continue or not
Old 07-11-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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i got the dvd along with pc quest magazine...
while the installation is starting that time only my problem with touchpad is starting..
actually my tracker is working but when iam pressing on the tracker its not doing what left key or mouse does..dat is m not able to click on ne option using tracker....for this i have to use the two button provided below the touchpad...
but in fedora 8 there wat no such problem..
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Use this :
whereis command
If result is
then "command" not exist
else run with
Old 11-15-2008, 01:05 PM   #9
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first run this command
"whereis ifconfig"
i guess it would be in

to see ur path type this command
"env PATH"
update ur path by this

"export PATH=$PATH:/sbin"

that will be fine
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