Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: Linux for Dummies?
Author: Wesley Felter Posted: 12/3/1998; 6:07:51 PM Topic: Linux for Dummies? Msg #: 750 (In response to 749) Prev/Next: 749 / 751
Welcome! Prepare to have your mind expanded in ways that no drugs can do, and you get an even worse headache (from what I've heard).
I haven't really found any good documentation, as I learned everything by watching over other people's shoulders.
As a good start, fire up a terminal. (I forget where KDE puts it; I ditched KDE for Window Maker.) KDE has something like the Finder called kfm, but I use 'ls' and 'cd' instead.
Some of the commands that I find really useful when figuring things out are:
which: tells you what file will be executed when running a command. try 'which perl'
locate: the Linux answer to Sherlock. 'locate perl' would return so many matches that you'd probably want to use 'locate perl | more'
man: the "manual" for the system. 'man perl' gives a high-level overview of the Perl docs. There should be a "man page" for every command on your system.
I have a feeling that there's a good O'Reilly nutshell book for this, but I can't afford books, so I don't really know.
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- Re: Linux for Dummies?, Emmanuel M. Décarie, 12/3/1998; 7:32:56 PM
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