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The terminal system is by far the best thing ever. trouble is I dont know what the heck i'm doing. can someone explain how I use it and what does "sudo" mean

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Tom (tom6) said :

For help or info about terminal open a terminal console and type



for help about a specific command type the command followed by "--help" for example

sudo --help

which gives a summary of how to use the command and what parameters you can set for it. "sudo --help" probably isn't a good example of how useful it is.

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Tom (tom6) said :

sudo or gksu both mean "Give the command that follows SuperUser/Root privileges" so it's as dangerous as operating commands as "su" except that it only requires the normal user password, not the SuperUser/Root one!

Note that while a command like "dir" works the linux equivalent is much nicer "ls" (a little "LS") both give a list of what's in the current folder but the linux one is colour-coded :)

Note also that while typing in a command or a pathname pressing the Tab key acts as an auto-complete or predictive-texting. Double 'clicking' the Tab key is interesting halfway through a command or pathname too. Try

cd /home

but don't press enter just press Tab 1 time pause and then twice quickly. You'll begin to se it build up :)

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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nhasian (nhasian) said :

i should also point out that gksu should be used for programs with graphical front ends instead of sudo.

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Best Abi ^-^ (abiyasa-eka) said :

Hello, this link should give you more information about sudo


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Peter (peter192) said :

Thanks Abi ^-^, that solved my question.