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Old 12-31-2003, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question Miscellaneous questions...


Over the past few days, I've collected a list of random questions that I haven't been able to figure out. Most will be very, very easy to answer for any experience Linux folk. Thanks in advance to those who answer!

1) I recently installed the newest version of Mozilla (1.5). However, whenever I run the command 'mozilla' from the terminal, the old version of Moz (1.4.1) is run. How to change this, and prevent it from happening in the future?

2) Is there a way to create keyboard shortcuts for programs in Gnome?

3) What is the easiest way to add a program to startup via the terminal? I'm not a programmer, so these progs don't need to be run before others, etc., I'm just curious what I would edit to run, say, XMMS, at startup. I realize that Fedora comes with a Session Manager, but I'd like to know how to do this manuall.

4) Is there a way to edit the name of the computer from the very boring 'localhost'?

5) Is there a decent graphical utility that will let me look at all of the active processes and kill those that have become somehow FUBAR?

6) Is there a program I should be running, aside from the default, that handles archives (say, for example, like Winrar)?

7) No matter what I do, plain text files open using the Nautilus file viewer instead of with gedit (which, according the the file association control panel thingy, is the default program). Any ideas?

I'm running:

Fedora Core 1/Gnome on a brand new laptop...


Old 12-31-2003, 06:50 PM   #2
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1) How did you "install" the newest mozilla? As a user? Is it in your home directory like /home/you/mozilla/? If so, go INTO that directory and start it. That will give you the new version. Another thing to look at is the /usr/local and /opt directories but since I don't know how you installed it, hopefully that does help some.

2) Yes, GNOME supports keyboard bindings. Its one of the preferences in one of their GUI tools.

3) How do you start X? Do you use a login manager? Answer that one and we'll tell you where to put the command and which file to edit. (example: if you use startx to start, edit ~/.xinitrc and put xmms & on a separate line BEFORE the exec line).

4) Yes, the file is /etc/hostname. Change it there and make sure you make the same change in /etc/hosts.

5) I believe there's a GTop program. You can fire up an XTerm and type "top" and do what you are speaking of.

6) Archiving can be successfully done from the command line. You have more power than you can imagine (yet).

7) No idea. Don't use that bloated Nautilus.

Good Luck!
Old 12-31-2003, 08:01 PM   #3
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1) I installed the new Mozilla as a user, I believe, and plopped it into a different directory than the old Moz. I know how to access the new Moz, I was just curious how to change it so that when I type 'mozilla' in the terminal, it refers to the new version instead of the old version.

2) I found the keyboard bindings for Gnome, but they only refer to the X environment, not programs within (I can create a hotkey to maximize windows, but not to open XMMS).

3) Well, I must use a login manager, because there is a login screen on startup. I'm using whatever Fedora/Gnome defaults to [X has always started automatically].

4) So I just edit hostname and hosts and I'm good to go? Excellent!

5) I'll play around with top. Thanks.

6) So Linux has a built in archiver that I should be using? Where can I find the MAN pages?

7) What should I use instead of Nautilus (I agree, it isn't the fastest)?

Thanks for your responses! I figure I'll run Fedora until I get tired of the hand-holding/have my feet on the ground, then I'll switch over to Slackware to really learn Linux.

Old 12-31-2003, 08:08 PM   #4
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create an alias in your ~/.bashrc:

alias mozilla='/your/path/to/mozilla'

and then type:

source ~/.bashrc

Now your alias will work.

2. You want to bind certain keys to make a program launch WHILE in X, or when your Xsession begins?

6. tar is very robust. do a "man tar" and you will learn very, very much. Though if you explain your need for an archiver, then a different answer may apply.

7. I only manipulate files from the command line (in an aterm [or xterm]). I don't like Nautilus or Konqueror. I'm sure there are lighter options though. I just don't know.

If you really want an education, go with Gentoo. Quite a fun experience.


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