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    Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    Can anybody help

    I am trying to install Google earth for research i am doing.

    I have found Ubuntu Guide and can install some things from the terminal.

    Below is from Google on how to install Google Earth. It says to navigate to where i have my downloads. I keep them on my desttop but how do i navigate to the desktop from a terminal. Thanks for reading this post i refuse to go back to Windows.


    3. Open a terminal window/console and navigate to your default downloads directory. Enter the following command in the directory: > sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin
    4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. The default location for the program is "/usr/local/google/google-earth." If Google Earth was installed in its default location, you can launch it using the following command: > /usr/local/google/google-earth/googleearth

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    Re: Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    Code:
    cd Desktop
    or:
    Code:
    cd De<tab key>

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    Re: Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    Navigating is done in the terminal with the 'cd' (change directory) command. Open up a terminal (the current start directory is typically the home directory):
    Code:
    cd Desktop
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    Re: Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    To go to the desktop in terminal you only need to go

    cd Desktop

    make sure it is a capital D.

    cd means change directory. The terminal starts in your home directory and your Desktop is located in there.

    to go back a directory go cd ..

    to see what's in a directory go ls have fun.

    Edit:

    http://linuxcommand.org/
    http://www.pixelbeat.org/cmdline.html
    http://www.ss64.com/bash/
    http://www.computerworld.com/action/...icleId=9030259
    http://howtoforge.com/useful_linux_commands

    Read all those and practice and with in a week you'll almost be a pro! Makes learning other parts of linux a lot easier too (in other ways you could argue that is everything that you need to learn in linux).
    Last edited by frup; May 3rd, 2008 at 01:27 PM.

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    Re: Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    add the mediubuntu repos and google earth is in there... that's a lot simpler...

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    Re: Ho do i navigate to my downloads directory from a terminal

    and since no one actually bothered to mention it that i saw, that would be somewhere along the lines of

    /home/<name>/Desktop
    otherwise known as
    ~/Desktop
    or
    $HOME/Desktop

    if you happen to find yourself somewhere other than in your home directory in the terminal ever

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