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Re: Tips

Here's the first few that come to my head.... changes, some of them might
not be totally accurate, be critical of me.


Have a command you want to know more about? That's where the man program
fits in. Type man <command> and it will give you the manual entry of that

Why can you type the full name of a program and it runs sometimes and not
others? This is because only programs that are in specific "bin" directorys
can be run from anywhere
ex: /usr/bin /usr/X11R6/bin

Tired of typing the same command over and over in a terminal?  Try pushing
the up button to get the last command, and continue to until you find the
last command.

Want to get to your home directry quickly? ~/ is a short hand notation for
your own directory

Feel you have too many or too little applications?  Use a Graphical RedHat
Pacakage Manager Program easily install and uninstall programs.  Gnorpm or
KPackage should suffice.

You want to do root commands without actually being root all the time?  type
"su" in terminal and type root password to get root power temporarily.  type
su -c <command> to run a command that only root would have access to.

Want to have a message pop-up when people login?  It's called motd, standing
for message of the day, but at no means you have to change the message every
day.  Easily as editing /etc/motd as root lets you write a message that will
be shown when logging in.

If you have the power to use the mouse in terminal highlight a word or two
with the left mouse button and then paste it by clicking the right.

These tips not enough information?  Connect to a linux chat room, post on a
bulltien board or visit a website.  You'll find the help you need.

Why doesn't this program run when I type it's name? Try putting a "./" in
front of the name and then push enter.

Want to try your hand at artwork? Try one of the best graphic programs out
there, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP for short.

For Some Reason X (Graphics) isn't working and your stranded?  Try The Indy
Dialer to get on the internet and get help.

Want to do more than one thing in console? Push Alt - F2, No I didn't log
you out, Push Alt - F1 back to where you were.  Back to Alt - F2 and login,
You can switch between these two and F3, F4, F5, and F6 to increase

What day of thr week is the 17th? Type cal to get a print out of the month
in a calender format, type man cal to get more info.

Trying out a program you have no idea how to get out of?  Ctrl-C will
usually do they trick, but you want to exit programs normally when you can.

Want to see if your network is running? As root or using su, type ifconfig
to see all established network connections.

Something Crash hard? As root or using su, type top and press h for a list
of commands. Using this you can end any program.

Ever see something like hda1? No, It's not Greek, Its pretty Simple,  hd
means HardDisk, a means the first harddisk, and 1 means first partition.  So
hdb3 Means third parition on second harddrive.

Want to remotely login to your linux machine from a remote computer? Or let
friends log on? If its not  installed already install telnetserver using rpm
or a graphical rpm program.  Then using the ip address of your computer use
a simple telnet program to connect.

Looking for some hot games? www.happypenguin.com

Were you testing programming and when compiling with gcc all you got was
a.out? type ./a.out to run your program, but understand that gcc file.c -o
program will name your program, "program" instead of a.out.

Just because you use linux doesn't mean you can't talk to those who aren't
as lucky.  Use gaim to talk to Aol buddy's or LlCQ to people who use ICQ.

Now that you use linux want to find some jokes only you, a linux user would
get? www.userfriendly.org