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Old 01-13-2003, 08:38 PM   #1
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Difference between terminals?


bash
terminal
X terminal
root Xterm

When should I use either one?
 
Old 01-13-2003, 08:48 PM   #2
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bash is a shell, not a terminal (I don't quite understand the differences in shells, but there is alot of info on them if you care to look at the how-to)
terminal is basically the Xterm, Eterm, Console whatever you want to use to do command line stuff.
X terminal is any of the Xterminals:
Xterm, Aterm, Eterm, RXVT (or whatever it's called )
They basically are terminal emulators, the actual terminal is if you CTRL ALT F2 or F3 or whatever.

root Xterm is simply a terminal with Root's abilities.

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Old 01-13-2003, 08:50 PM   #3
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I like the background's in Eterm, so I use that as my normal "X terminal" program. If I need to do alot of command lining, and have need for X though, I just use straight up Console (aka terminal, aka CTRL ALT F2).

When do you use which? Whenever you need to do something in the command line. Which do you use, take your pick. Bash is the only thing that you might consider looking into, it's going to be the main thing that has other "significant" options such as a ksh (korn shell) zsh csh and so on.

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Old 01-13-2003, 08:53 PM   #4
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Okay I was in the dark about these pretty much. I've been using bash mostly. My SuSE menu of terminals lists bash
 
Old 01-13-2003, 08:57 PM   #5
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Well first being bash is really not a terminal in any kind it is a shell - a computer program with set of predefined instructions, sort of. Then terminal - it refers to the earlier days of UNIX when one would sit down behind a computer with a monitor called terminal, it only contained a shell. X terminal is a emulation software of these old UNIX terminals, it is there to give you quick access to a shell, root Xterm is again an X terminal with shell executed with root's priveledges. Now to sum it up - you have two different terminals on your system that replicated the old UNIX terminal - one being virtual terminal that is accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Fn keys and terminals that can be launched within GUI (Graphical User Interface), so use either one for your pleasure, plus GUI emulators are come in different flavors - aterm, eterm, konsole, Xterm, etc. so there is some room to move around. As for an Xterm with root priveledges - you want to be root when you must do critical system modification and housekeeping, basically. So be smart when you use root and you won't have sleepless nights trying to figure out what rm -rf / has done to your system.
 
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I can't beleive it took me 9 minutes to write the answer
 
  


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