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Old 07-02-2003, 08:15 PM   #1
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DragonLinux, just started and very confused...

Ok, i have never used Linux before and i just wanted to try something to see what it's like so i found DragonLinux and it seemed good for beginners. I installed it on my old computer that has Windows 95 and i made a password for the root and all that, but then when it told me to use Midnight Commander to view files in /etc, i got stuck. I typed "mc /etc" like it told me to and it just says that it can't find the command. i don't know what else to do, so all i did so far was make a password. i'm very confused, can anybody tell me how to do stuff?
Old 08-05-2003, 01:34 PM   #2
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haha dont worry we have all been in those shoes. the command line is pretty cool once you get a hang of things. here are some things to start off:

ls -this is a command that lists the files in your directory
pwd - this tells you your directory
who -tells you who's on the system....remember linux was born from unix, a multi-user system

cat /etc/passwd -the command cat will print out to the screen any file (in most cases u want to print a text file) so we tell it to print the file /etc/passwd which is the file that stores the users on the system and their passwords and lots of ther cool things.

top -system stats
ps -current processes that your running
ps -ef -current processes that the whole system is running

that should get u started, and remembre that the "man" command followed by any command will give you a manual or information on that command

good luck let me know how it goes.
Old 08-05-2003, 01:47 PM   #3
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took that from another post, should be very helpful for you


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