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    [SOLVED] navigate to a terminal

    Hi

    I am getting better and better at the terminal--and actually enjoying it. But I have a very fundamental question: What do I do when I am instructed to "Navigate to the folder you have placed X in. Now, run these two commands:"?

    I know how to open a terminal, do various commands, but this is not clear.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    Let's say you downloaded a file to your desktop as part of the instructions. Then it says to open a Terminal and navigate to where you downloaded the file. You would type:

    Code:
    cd /home/madwida/Desktop
    or wherever you saved the file. If you are using Firefox, I believe that it defaults to the desktop anyway. It just means to cd (change directory, which is the old school word for folder) to that folder in the terminal.
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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    Just run
    Code:
    cd /path/to/your/folder

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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    to add a little further, normally the terminal opens in your home folder (ie /home/madwida) to if you wanted to go to the desktop, you can simply type
    Code:
    cd Desktop
    if at any time you want to go back to your home folder, just simply type cd

    in case you didn't know, folder names in Linux are case sensitive so desktop is not the same as Desktop
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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    Hi

    Many thanks!!

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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    you can also type
    Code:
    cd ..
    to go up one level in your file system (eg, go from your music folder, to your home folder)
    you can also use
    Code:
    ls
    to list the things that are in the folder you are in, and
    Code:
    pwd
    to print working directory, which basically means find out where you are, for if you get lost.
    The prompt (bit at the beggining) tells you a fair bit as well, for example
    Code:
    harry@ubuntu:~$
    tells me I am logged in as harry. my computer is called ubuntu. the Tilda (~) tells me that I am in my home folder (the Tilda sign (~) is often used for home, in fact, you can type cd ~ to go to your home directory). the dollar sign ($) tells me I am not the root user.
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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    type:
    Code:
    pwd
    to print the current/working directory.

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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    You can also use tab to autocomplete so if you were at home then cd D followed by tab would probabaly get to Desktop unless you had another folder starting with D, try it.
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    Re: navigate to a terminal

    Thanks everyone for the fast and easy to follow replies. The terminal's getting easier and easier

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    Re: navigate to a terminal

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