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Old 09-27-2004, 11:15 PM   #1
r_hartless
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tar files


i downloaded the seti@home program for linux, and after doing a little research found out how to "untar" the tar file. however, to run the program i have to open a "konsole" window and type the following....

./setiathome


what is the significance of the ./ ?

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Old 09-27-2004, 11:20 PM   #2
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In the shell . represents the current directory (.. is the parent directory, BTW). So ./setiathome means run the file called setiathome in the current directory. The ./ is unnecessary if . is in your PATH, but it's generally not.
 
  


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