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Old 05-05-2005, 09:32 AM   #1
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commands in terminal don't exist

Hey! Running SuSE 9.2 / KDE 3.4 / k2.6.9(?)

It seems that some of the commands that I want to run in a terminal don't work unless I preface them with a
or possibly other folder trees.

A command like [./configure] or [make] I seem to only be able to run from certian folders (open a terminal from Konqueror and it might work; otherwise I gotta copy the folder somewhere else and try again)

Other commands, such as [traceroute], seem to work but don't give much info like I would expect:
senor@1[~]$ traceroute
traceroute: Warning: has multiple addresses; using
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 38 byte packets
 1  * * *
 2  * * *
Am I not in the correct folder? Am I missing a symlink? That last one could be a switch that I am missing, but I've read nothing about a switch which I sould be using...

Old 05-05-2005, 09:58 AM   #2
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If you have to give the full path to a command eg /sbin/lilo instead of just lilo then check your PATH environment variable: echo $PATH, and add the missing directories as required. Your PATH is usually set up in your ~/.profile (I think, I'm not @ linux right now), so that would be the place to alter it on a permanent basis.
The flags for traceroute options are explained by man traceroute

Hope this helps
Old 05-05-2005, 10:03 AM   #3
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Usually apps in /sbin, /usr/sbin and /usr/local/sbin can only be run without typing the whole path name if you have used "su -" to switch to root instead of just "su".


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