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Old 01-18-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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I am unable to acces the network manager on my Acer inspire one using Linpus Linux Li

I am completely new to linux an have read the replies to similar questions but am unsure of how to access the directory mentioned ~/.gconf/system/networking .I also do not have a system recovery disc or flash drive
Old 01-18-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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hidden root directories

On the directory there are some things to realise.
First off the '~' means the current user's $home directory.
To change to a directory or this directory from the CLI, command line interface, use cp()
# whoami
# cd ~ 
# pwd
# cd /root
# pwd
... so if you are logged in as root you can see ~ and /root are the same directory. Passing pwd() prints the present working directory.

Next, on the front of the subdirectory there is a '.'. In Linux this means hidden file. Regular directory calls will not show these hidden directories or files. use ls -a
# ls
# ls -a
../              .Skype/          .bash_history
.cache/          .mc/             .config/
.mozilla/        .conkyrc         .ncftp/
.ssh/            Desktop/
# man ls
... use the man ls command for more arguments like -a to pass. ls -l is very useful as well, and you can concatenate some arguments like this: ls -al.
Actually, typing man before the vast majority of commands will give you a manual page with very helpful information.
The list entries ./ mean current directory, and ../ mean previous directory. Also, hitting tab halfway through a command name can sometimes complete the call for you, or tab tab will give you options that begin with your character string.

Basic Commands, good tutorial...

As per your network manager problem for help on that it would be best to know which network utility you are using. If you don't know, then which DE, desktop environment, or WM window manager you are using. DEs like KDE, XFCE, or GNOME, and WM like Fluxbox.
Since you are talking about your .gconf file I'll assume you are on GNOME, in which case you will be using Network Manager. Hit ALT-F2 to pull up a launcher where you can run the command Network Manager to gain access.

...corrections: mi scusi

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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^ correction '~' means the current user's $home directory.
and i would suggest not logging in as root.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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It might be better to summarise what you are trying to do or the problem you are trying to fix by getting to ~/.gconf/system/networking.

LinpusLite deliberately makes it hard for you to even get to terminal screen. Probably on the basis that you should not need to do this for most things. I only used it briefly, but had no problems connecting to my wireless network.
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I have tried to connect to the internet both hard wired to my router and wirelessly but each time it comes back with the message that Firefox or Google etc could not find the server. When I try to access the network manager on screen nothing happens

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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That does seem odd, I have played with my set up and somehow lost Firefox (possibly after running an update). I also had a go updating software- which failed for some reason.

I think it is a real shame that Linpus is not easy to maintain and sort out issues and seems flakey. It is simple to use though.

Unless anyone has any better ideas, I think as your network manager does not appear at all (and it should), you should think about running the system recovery process. This appears as an option when you login in. This sets it back to the factory settings (and will delete any data - so make sure you have backed it up first, I am assuming it is new and you will not have used it much yet).

Will it appear then (as my Firefox did)?

Also consider creating a USB boot disk and trying out another operating system, which if you like you can install.


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