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Old 03-12-2005, 06:40 PM   #1
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Common Linux Commands/Applications in Suse 9.2

I'm new to having my own Linux installed (I've used Slackware and now I'm on SUSE 9.2). I use Sun Solaris at school, so I know the basic unix commands. However, several applications and commands seem not to work, despite the impression I'm getting from web sites that these are common things.

For example, I'm trying to get netapplet working to use multiple wireless networks. I followed the instructions on SUSE's website support. novell. com / techcenter /articles/ tp10007.html (sorry, fill in the spaces, it doesn't let me post htmls otherwise.) However, I didn't find it searching for it, not in YaST. Am I missing something? Should I have installed something I didn't?

Also, in bash, I try to use iwconfig, a command that seems to be common throughout linux for networking configuration. However, that doesn't work either. I can't make sense of this: please help.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I just tried using shutdown -now from the bash shell, didn't work. Shouldn't it? I seem to be missing something here. BTW, I access the terminal by clicking on the terminal window icon covered by the white figure, third from the right, in SUSE 9.2).

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Old 03-12-2005, 06:56 PM   #2
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Linux is not unix. There is a difference in commands/tools. For iwconfig, make sure you are root and you have wireless tools installed. Otherwise try ifconfig -a. Having said that, there are a lot of open source implementations of unix tools which will do exact same thing. for example,

shutdown -h now
is what you need.


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