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Old 07-30-2004, 03:43 AM   #1
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Running a script

I need some help. I need to know how to do a couple of thing:

1) Run a script (*.sh) with the terminal
2) I installed Adobe Acrobat but don't know how to run it

Please help me out. If there are any good urls for this, please post them!

I'm using Red Hat 9 by the way.
Old 07-30-2004, 04:25 AM   #2
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To run the script from the terminal, just type in the path to your script. Say you have the script saved as /home/name/ To run this script you can either type /home/name/ or since the current directory is probably already /home/name/ you can type ./ (the period is shorthand for the current directory)

To run Acrobat you will have to figure out what directory it is installed in. But if Redhat associated pdfs with Acrobat then all you should have to do is right click on the pdf, the go to "open with" and select Acrobat. And if Acrobat isnt listed there then either browse for acrobat or type in acrobat.

Hope this helps, and good luck!
Old 07-30-2004, 04:32 AM   #3
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To run Acrobat type acroread at the command line. If that doesn't work type
whereis acroread
and put in the full path.

Last edited by darthtux; 07-30-2004 at 04:33 AM.
Old 07-30-2004, 04:32 AM   #4
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A terminal can be run with Gnome-terminal, or Kterm, or Aterm, or Eterm, or xvt, or rxvt, or xterm, or...
When the terminal window is opened, you've got a prompt. Let's assume this prompt is "$". There are commands you can issue:
- "cd" is for changing directories (like in DOS, except directories are separated by /, and the the origin of everything is /, not C:\).
- "less" is for viewing a file page after page (is that "type" in DOS?).
- "echo" is for displaying text.
- "env" is for viewing environment viariables (it is "set" in DOS).
In linux, multiple paths in an environment variable are separated by a ':', not a ';'. And environment variables are refered to like that: $VAR, or that: ${VAR} (whereas in DOS it is %VAR%).
For example, commands are searched for in each path that appear in the PATH environment variable, until found, in the order they are written. For viewing your path, that would be for example:

$ echo $PATH

If you want to execute a command that is not in a path from PATH, then you must give the full path to the command. You may also use a relative path: like in DOS, "." is for current directory, and ".." is for parent directory. Besides, "~" is for your home directory.

Now back to your question. Let's assume your command is located at (<you> is your login): /home/<you>/myDownloads/
Then you would execute:

$ cd ~/myDownloads
$ ./

That's all (don't type the '$': it is the prompt).
I hope this helps.

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Thanks everybody, problem solved!


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