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Re: Looking for trouble.

On Sun, Apr 18, 1999 at 02:34:57PM +0800, Hans van den Boogert wrote:
> There doesn't seem to be a special group for Debian Newbies, so I hope
> y'all don't mind me bringing up some questions here.
Don't worry; this is a large part of what this mailinglist is here for.  And
we're glad that you RTFMed before you got here <G>.

> Background: Dutch, teacher, location: Taiwan, 32, shortwave DXer. 
> System1: Pentium 200MMX, 64 MB RAM, 3.2+6.1 GB HD, S3 Trio64, Soundblaster
> AWE64.
> System2: Twinhead Slimnote 486-33, 8 MB RAM, 305 MB HD, VGA monochrome
> monitor.

> Questions:
> 1) What is an easy way to go to the previous directory, e.g. I am in
> /usr/bin and want to go to /usr?
Try "cd ~-".

> 2) With the base system installed I can't open man pages, that is, when
> typing "man ls" for example, the system returns with "command not found."
> In /bin and /sbin I also can't see any man-binary. There are man pages
> stored, but in .gz format. Is it normal that the man command is not
> installed? How to open/read .gz files.
The man reader is in the package "man-db"; run "apt-get install man-db" to
install it if you are connected to the 'net.  If you just want to read some
random textual .gz file, run zless on it -- it's in the package zgip, but
you need the package less to run it.  (Install them with apt-get too.)

> 3) I tried to create some scripts, very simple ones, but they refuse to
> run, or the system says "command not found." Example:
>From the following (cut), it looks like it, but did you try ./telltime?

> 4) Any hints to where to find some in dept Debian specific FAQs? I know
> there is a lot around, and believe me I've been reading, but most
> tutorials/FAQs assume that the system is running smoothly and hardly deal
> with problem solving.
Try http://www.debain.org/doc/ -- I did just look, and there isn't much with
problem solving there.  One of the few bad things about the current state of
Linux is that there aren't detailed problem-solving docs around -- perhaps
it has somthing to do with the incidance rate of such problems.

	-=- James Mastros
"My friend Data: You see the world with the wonder of a child, and that
makes you more human then any of us."
	-=- Lt. Tasha Yar, upon the occasion of her death.

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