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Old 08-12-2003, 04:16 PM   #1
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Missing Commands

I just did a fresh install of Slack 9, and I installed every package. My problem is that some commands get me the "command not found" error. Commands that haven't worked include man, apropos, and whatis. It's really bugging me since I'm a n00b and I'd like to read those man files. Any suggestions?
Old 08-12-2003, 04:20 PM   #2
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Hmm...some commands won't work unless you have root/superuser privileges...have you tried the "missing" commands as such? Other than that, I can't think of anything...strange error to get if you did a full install. :/
Old 08-12-2003, 08:24 PM   #3
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on my system all three of those commands are located in /usr/bin. make sure /usr/bin is in your PATH by typing:

echo $PATH

if /usr/bin isn't there, edit your profile by appending /usr/bin to a line that looks like "PATH=$PATH:/sbin:/bin/"

and add "/usr/bin", so it looks like:


then run

. ./.profile


. ./.bash_profile

if you use the bash shell, your profile will be .bash_profile in your home directory. if you use ksh, your profile will be .profile in your home directory. if you use csh, god help you :-)

if the PATH variable isn't located in your profile files, try doing the same thing in ".bashrc" or ".kshrc".

if those commands aren't located in /usr/bin/, run a find to find where they are, and add those directories to your path:

cd /
find . -name "man"  (or apropos, or whatis)
if that doesn't work, reply and we'll look into it further.

FYI: the root login often has a very minimal $PATH variable for security purposes. It wouldn't hurt to add /usr/bin (in my mind it'd be appropriate). Check it out to see if that's the problem.


Old 08-13-2003, 05:12 AM   #4
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Are you absolutely, 100% sure you have installed the documentation of Slackware 9.0?

Also, are you absolutely, 110% sure you installed Slackware 9.0 from a good ".iso" image? Hint: did you check the md5 signature of that .iso image??


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