linux help (install hardware)....

Posted by: Soap

linux help (install hardware).... - 03/14/02 07:33 AM

yo... newbie linux-boy here.....

[disclaimer]
sorry if this is the wrong section (got told off by previous moderators for doing such a thing) I know it deals with a Unix topic but the forum title is "UNIX security" and this has **** to do with security...
anyway move it if you want...sorry for any inconvenience
[end deisclaimer]

Ok, I just got my hands on A Debian CD with a 2.1 kernel and as I live In Africa...
faraway country with a lousy 28,8K Net-access I won't spit on it... (french saying...)

All excited that I am, I installed on 1 of my PCs...it boots fine I get the normal "login:" prompt.... log in as root to do all the changes and make sure I have access to everything.

I just configured my local network (hosts file, routing tables) and it works nicely (only tried a few test pings for now...). I don't have much installed...in fact I'm not sure WTF I have.. I understand it's an old distro (with an old kernel ) and since it's on CD (as oppossed to a DVD-based SUSe distro)... space is limited.
But i REALLY find it a "skinny" install.... I have no access to help files.... man pages for progs like route, ifconfig or arp don't exist.
IS that posssible or have I ****ed up my install somewhere.

Now my major and more important question.... I installed from CD-rom but after install, when I boot a shell I can't access my cd-rom. I have a "/cdrom" directory (which is empty) and my /mnt directory is COMPLETLY empty...

I am little newbie w/t linux but generally at ease w/t computers so don't worry about being brief or complicated (save u time detailing and explaining).

By the way, I have a DVD-rom drive and A CD-rewriter.
I know both their "block device" adresses (hda1, hdc and so on). Do i have to load some drivers from somewhere? (Or "modules" under linux...if i understand correctly) How would I go about doing such as thing

Thx for futur answers...
Posted by: Predator

Re: linux help (install hardware).... - 03/14/02 09:07 AM

Well to access your cdrom in linux you have to make sure it is mounted. You can do it with the "mount" command.

Oh and the linux/unix section isn't only for security related questions, it's for questions about *nix in general.
Posted by: Soap

Re: linux help (install hardware).... - 03/19/02 08:00 AM

Well I tried the mount command...I'ts there (duh!) but all I can do is mount -h
man mount
or
help mount
or
man
doesn't work...I get "Man program not found" whereas I used to get "No manual gpage found for..." on a Mandrake Box if I remember correctly.
I fink somethings wrong with my installation...I'd be better off re-installing alltogether don't u think?
Posted by: Predator

Re: linux help (install hardware).... - 03/19/02 08:54 AM

maybe that's the best thing to do and try to get a more up to date version