newbie with questions

Hey all. I just switched over from Ubuntu and would like to know if
anyone could direct me to a tutorial that explains basic terminal
commands and whatnot.

Thanks.


axlmayhem

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Here’s a good tutorial for Linux in general, doesn’t matter what
distro.

http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz


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Believe it or not, good 'ol Wikipedia has a lot of info on common Unix
commands.

‘List of Unix utilities - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia’
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unix_utilities)

I’m assuming that you’re using KDE? If so, you can start a Konsole with
System -> Terminal -> Konsole in the K menu. That’s a great place to
start and you can try the commands at the wikipedia link to see what
they do. On any of these commands, you can also enter “man
[command_name]” in that terminal to get a manual page. Enter “q” to quit
the manual page when you’re done reading.

You can also open the KDE Help Center from the K-Menu and look under
“Administration,” then select “man pages.” You can keep that window open
while your Konsole is opened and switch between them.

The commands you might be most interested in, as a new user of the
command line interface (CLI), are:

ls - “list files” – displays the files in a directory

cd - “change directory” – allows you to move between directories

For example, when you first start a Konsole or terminal, you’ll be in
your home directory. An “ls” on a typical Opensuse system will show
something like

Code:

Desktop Documents [perhaps other directories …]


You could then switch into “Documents” with

Code:

cd Documents


Do another “ls,” and you’ll see any files that are in that directory.
To get back out of Documents to your home directory, enter “cd …” (a
space, then two periods after the “cd”).

That’ll get you started. I’m sure others here will suggest other
guides. Welcome to Opensuse!


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Thanks for the help. Specifically, I am trying to install macchanger. I
have downloaded the rpm but it won’t install because of some missing
dependencies. How do I download said dependencies?


axlmayhem

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Actually, ignore the above post. If I dont figure it out on my own, I’ll
never learn. Thanks!


axlmayhem

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Out of respect for your desire to be self sufficient, I won’t answer.
But, I will hint. :X

-yast

webpin-

But, that’s it! Now, you’re on your own.


If your gecko is broken, you have a reptile dysfunction.:eek:

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Generally, installing a RPM intended for another distro will not work
and give rise to broken dependencies. If you want a particular package,
do in this order:

  1. See if it’s already in the standard repos. This may sound obvious,
    but I see people trying to install MySQL, Java, Apache, PHP, etc from
    the vendor site, when they are already supplied by OpenSUSE. Only if you
    can’t find it there, or there is a reason you can’t use the
    out-of-the-box version should you go on to the next steps.

  2. See if it’s in one of the major community repos like Packman.

  3. See if someone has packaged it at ‘Software.openSUSE.org
    (http://software.opensuse.org/search).

  4. See if the vendor has a generic version, usually a .tar.gz or a
    .bin.

  5. If there’s an older version, and you are comfortable with rpmbuild
    and can modify the spec file to use the up-to-date source, you could
    build a new RPM. You could then be a contributor to
    software.opensuse.org via the OpenSUSE Build System (OBS), help other
    OpenSUSE users, be world-famous and enjoy the adulation of millions of
    fans. Ok, maybe not the last two benefits. lol!

  6. Even if there isn’t an older version, you could learn how to write
    spec files, and proceed as in number 5. Still no pop-star benefits
    though.

  7. Build from source.

Maybe I missed one or two other possibilities, I’m sure others will
pipe in.


ken_yap

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ken_yap;1943723 Wrote:
> Here’s a good tutorial for Linux in general, doesn’t matter what
> distro.
>
> http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

HAH! Good ol’ Rute! I used that thing years ago; I didn’t know it was
still around! :slight_smile:


smpoole7

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smpoole7;1943769 Wrote:
> HAH! Good ol’ Rute! I used that thing years ago; I didn’t know it was
> still around! :slight_smile:

I also forgot about that (having seen it a long time ago).

I’m thinking now that I should add that as a link to the new users
installation guide.


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oldcpu;1943787 Wrote:
> I also forgot about that (having seen it a long time ago).
>
> I’m thinking now that I should add that as a link to the new users
> installation guide.

It used to be at the Linux Documentation Project. I don’t see it there
anymore. I guess it’s getting old now. But I still think it’s useful.


smpoole7

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if you want to know about a program / command look at the -man–pages
(manual-pages) first.
use: “-man- command”
for example, getting the man-page of the command “cp” type:

Code:

man cp

if the program / command doesn’t provide a man page try the option
-help- (shows possible command / program options).
use: “command —help-”
e.g. help of “mkdir”:

Code:

mkdir --help


Oh my God Windows killed zwenny!

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