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Old 07-09-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Question Using PuTTY, commands etc for a novice...

For the first time I need to use a command prompt to set some variables and other tasks that I am completely lost with. I am basically a complete novice with with this, I have downloaded PuTTY but I'm not sure where to start - in terms of what connection to use and how to connect to the site I need to make changes on.

The site itself is just hosted on a fasthosts shared server, not sure if this creates issues?

Anyway like I say I am completely new to this, I just hope I can manage to get a grip of the basics and it's not a huge amount that I need to do with it.

Many thanks in advance for any assistance!


Old 07-09-2009, 03:26 AM   #2
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It is probably worth telling us exactly what you need to get done. That said, I'll take a stab in the dark. Putty is an ssh client - it basically gives you a terminal (a text interface) as though you were sitting at a keyboard attached to a remote server. To use ssh, you're going to need the hostname (e.g., and a username and password. Do you have those things?
Old 07-09-2009, 04:29 AM   #3
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Keep in mind that usually shared hosts do not have ssh access, so putty won't help you much if that's the case with your host.


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