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Old 10-25-2005, 04:02 PM   #1
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Exclamation newbie with semi clue needs help please.


New to the forums: a little about myself.

Ex windows admin, long time uneducated geek girl. Jumped from Helldesk to 1st line support for an education authority. Then into second line support for a windows notwork. 28 windows servers to keep track of an unhelpful line manager and user support lead to a breakdwon. Trying to learn unix for the love of it and to retrain, hopefully get back to uni. Scared to ask stupid questions when I get stuck as I just get told to read the manual etc. Even if the manual doesn't really cover it at that stage.

So any help appreicated guys.

Hope this isn't too dumb...

I've installed Slack on a slatevision tablet PC, it's up and running. X works fine Set root password, trying to gain more knowledge but simple things like grep and addusr aren't there. I don't want to run as root all time .

Any suggestions welcome.


Old 10-25-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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Hi, I think you are talking about how to actually use it day to day? Well, don't login to X as root, log into a terminal as root only when you need to. To easily switch to root, login to X as a normal user, open a terminal in X and type "su root" or "su -". You are now root! "exit" to er.. exit.
Also ctrl+alt+F1 ~ 6 allows you to use the basic virtual terminals.
Both useradd and adduser should be available, need more info there.
Did you know the TAB button auto-completes when inputting pathnames and commands?
Is that helpful?
try "mc" also

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Hi and welcome to LQ What errors do you get when you try adduser or useradd or grep?


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