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Old 12-17-2003, 04:14 PM   #1
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Exclamation where can i learn basic linux commands

Where can i find a directory of basic linux commands, for example

i have a magazine cover disc with a few applications i would like to install onto my mandrake 9.1 installation

but i am unsure of how to do it

i am a total newbie when it comes to linux how can i install them

i have heard of the /configure and /make commands very briefly but i dont really understand them

can anyone here teach me the very basics of linux

i would be so gratefull
Old 12-17-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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RUTE can help.

Also try going to Google Linux and querying any commands you are unsure of.

I have also seen links for a site which lists all Linux commands - I don't remember the site but some kind soul will no doubt post it.

Edit: see - as I was typing, up comes the link!
Old 12-17-2003, 10:08 PM   #4
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Check out my sig below for a few tutorials on the use of the terminal and commands.

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You can also find some UNIX and Linux books here for more than just commands.
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Make sure you install the documentation included with our distro. Aside from the man/info system. There is documentation on all the common commands that come with the KDE help program.

Installing a program from a tarball (.tgz or .bz) source package isn't difficult provided you don't have to track down a bunch of missing libraries, or if the libraries have version mismatches.

The README file that comes with the package will tell you which steps to take. Usually, it's simply:

tar xvzf <packagename>.tgz
This will uncompress the source files into a directory <packagename>
cd <packagename>
# Always look at the included README file.  Sometimes installing is a little different.

# This checks if you have everything
#  installed you need to compile and run the
#  application.  And writes the Makefile.

#  The make program reads the Makefile and compiles
#  the program.

su                      # You need to be root to have to write 
# access to directorys such as /usr/bin 
# or /usr/local/bin, where most  
# programs will be installed.
make install
       # this will simply copy the program or library files 
       # to the target directories, where they will be run from.

The articles, in the magazine may also go over how to install the programs. Good Luck, and Have Fun!

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or search the site, this has been asked many times before, and some great stuff has been posted.
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thanks all, given me something to keep me going



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