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Old 12-17-2003, 03:14 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, 03:17 PM   #2
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http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/cmd/
 
Old 12-17-2003, 03:19 PM   #3
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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, 09:08 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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Old 12-17-2003, 09:55 PM   #5
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You can also find some UNIX and Linux books here for more than just commands.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 06:36 PM   #6
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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:

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

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

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

su                      # You need to be root to have to write 
<password>               
# 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!

Last edited by jschiwal; 12-18-2003 at 06:49 PM.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 07:08 PM   #7
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or search the site, this has been asked many times before, and some great stuff has been posted.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 02:13 AM   #8
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thanks all, given me something to keep me going

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