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Re: Successful install of Fedora7 in VPC2007 guest

On Wed, 2007-09-05 at 23:09 +0200, Bo Berglund wrote:
> Then I have to know what command actually starts the GUI text editor,
> and I don't...

True enough.  One can begin to edit the menus, then abort, to see what
commands they'd run.  One can run a program and read the "about"
information to find the program name.  One can guess the program names
of *some* programs by their application name.  You can also try a
command like apropos edit, or something similar, to try and find man
pages about editing files.

> Basically they gave me the command line to start vi with a file
> loaded, but forgot to say how one gets out again. Had to scrap that
> installation because when I switched off the PC (only way out I found)
> it corrupted the hard disk...

I'd say that before running an unfamiliar command, the best thing would
be to have a quick look at its man file, first.  Though I do admit that
it's a bit of a complex one.  I would have imagined that a bit of
hunting around on the net would have found some hints about doing it.

> So I am not very keen on command line editors, really.

I'm not too keen on them, either.  I like displays of more than 80x24
characters, decent scrolling, etc.  But it really pays to know how to
use at least one for emergency's sake.  You'll have to use one if you
don't have graphics up and running.

> Why is there not a graphic tool to configure the boot options?
> Such a tool should be very valuable especially if it could provide a
> list of all valid kernel parameters and what they accomplish....

Probably not a lot of help, since your computer would have to have
booted up before you could make use of it...  ;-)  If you install the
kernel-doc RPM, you can read the kernel-parameters file.

>> From that CLI...  You've got a plethora of editors to call on, gedit,
>> pico, nano, vi, vim, gvim, emacs, joe, etc., depending on what you've
>> installed, of course.

> All are character based command window editors, I gather?

No, the ones starting with a "g" aren't.  You can start just about any
graphical tool from the command line (there's a few prerequesites for
doing so over a network connection).

[tim bigblack ~]$ uname -ipr i686 i386

Using FC 4, 5, 6 & 7, plus CentOS 5.  Today, it's FC7.

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