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Old 09-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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i just installed ubuntu along with windows and it works perfectly fine.I've seen many people talking about commands starting with ./ and i would like to know where to input these commands?
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That will be in any shell. Commonly that notation is only used for executables that
aren't in your PATH.

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First of all congrats on starting your Linux journey!
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yeah but what's called a path in linux? do i need to create a document to write the commands,put in a directory and change the format or something?
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Well, it's not like Windows...

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you can do echo $PATH to see your current path. For example, you have certain commands like ifconfig, who, ls, etc in certain directories like /usr/bin or /usr/sbin etc. Let's say that ifconfig is in /usr/sbin so inorder to execute the command you would have to put

However, if /usr/bin is in the path, then you could just execute ifconfig by typing ifconfig no matter what directory you are currently in. You can edit the PATH in the ~/.bashrc file.
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thanks thorkelljarl, that's what i needed to start.
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