Getting Started
Not sure what to do now that you've logged in? Read on.
Open a Terminal Window
Terminal windows are text windows which essentially allow you to launch other programs. You can launch new terminal windows in the following ways:
In Gnome, right-click on the desktop and select New Terminal.
In CDE, right-click on the desktop, select Tools, and then select Terminal.
In an already open terminal window, type "xterm &" or "rxvt &" and hit Enter.
Change Your Password
One of the first things you should do with a new computer account is to change your password. In a terminal window, type "passwd" and hit Enter. You'll be prompted for your old password and then twice for your new password.
About Your Shell
Shells are programs which run continually in all of your terminal windows and allow them to launch other programs. Shell prompts typically look like this:
To see what your shell can do, type "ls" at the prompt and hit Enter.
% ls (hit Enter)
This runs the program "ls", which lists the files in your current directory.
Recommended Shell: tcsh
By default, your shell is set to csh (C SHell). We recommend changing your shell to tcsh (Tenex C SHell) as soon as possible. In this shell, you can scroll through previous commands with the arrow keys and complete commands and filenames with the Tab key.
To switch over to tcsh, run "chsh" at the prompt. After entering your password, enter "/usr/local/bin/tcsh" as the new shell
Last Updated: April 29, 2005, 12:09 AM
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