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Old 01-25-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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n00b question about installing files

ok, I read TrickyKid's post ( and I still have some questions.
Some background:
1 week of experience at any form of Linux.
Running Mandriva on a Sony Vaio.

While trying to configure my wireless card, it said I needed the firmware update and gave me an address to get it. I downloaded it, (it is a .tgz file) to my home directory.
Following Trickykid's instructions, I opened a terminal (Konsole) and typed cd ~
nothing happens, it just moves down a line.
I'm sure it is something stupid I am doing, but I can't figure out what.
Any help is appreciated.
Old 01-25-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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try cd then the name of the directory you downloaded it to

eg cd /home/jimbob

though your prolly already in your home directory!

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Old 01-25-2006, 03:24 PM   #3
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cd ~
It is the command to change the directory. ~ is the short-hand for your home directory. When you are open up a console, it already defaults to your home directory that why it just moves one line. You already are in your home directory. You have to extract the .tgz file and then enter the directory created after the .tgz extraction.

Try this at the console
tar -zxvf filename.tgz
or better make a temp directory and then extract as above
mkdir temp
mv filename.tgz temp
cd temp
and then the above tar command. Do ls command to see the directory name the created after tar.

After this,
cd directory-name
Then follow TrickyKid's instructions.

Old 01-25-2006, 03:54 PM   #4
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That's what I needed! Thanks again.


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