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Old 09-03-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
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SEE linux commands while I use GUI

I very much prefer to use a GUI and my mouse to typing in weird commands at a command line, and I am very happy with my first forays into Linnux (with SuSE 8.2).

However, I would really like to at least SEE all the commands and everything else what's going on while I use the GUI and point and click. Kind of like a newsticker that shows me with what commands I would have achieved the same as I have just done through the KDE GUI. I figure that all the GUI really does is enact commands for me, which I could have typed in myself. By seeing them on the screen, I will slowly learn at least some of the stuff.

--> Can somebody tell me, how to have such a thing (as a background or X window) on my desktop? i.e. a window that prints out on screen everything that is going on in my linux box "underneath" the GUI.

I guess it must be possible to have that, since many of the linux screenshots I see, have some window (terminal, console, whatever it is called...) open with lots of lines of commands, which I don't understand, yet.

Thanks a lot!
Old 09-03-2003, 10:52 AM   #2
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Launch the apps from an x terminal. The x terminal displays messages as the app works. Is that what you are looking for?

# Watch error messages as they happen (sysklog needed)
as root, tail -f /var/log/messages (shows last 10 lines, use a number in front of f for more lines)
Old 09-03-2003, 11:07 AM   #3
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No ; What I think , he means is an aplet somewhere visible on his desktop , that simply shows the commands , activated by his mouseclicks in the guy and the OS's response to that.

I've never heard of such an applet myself , but even though I'm not a coder , I figure it shouldn't be too hard to program.
It would indeed be a tremendous help for newbies.

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Old 09-04-2003, 07:24 AM   #4
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Megamieuwsel - that's exactly what I mean!
Anyone have a solution?

Old 09-04-2003, 07:31 PM   #5
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I'd be very intersted in this also! Good thinking nuby. This way we are bound to pick up some knowledge...


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