HW0_WRITEUPand you should submit it electronically as described here.
NOTE: This assignment doesn't require all that much in terms of written work to be handed in by you. However, this doesn't mean that there isn't very much for you to do. If you only do exactly what each of the steps below says, and you don't take some time to explore a bit beyond, you will not learn very much, and you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage for the rest of the semester.
If you have never before used a Unix system, you should read Chapters 1-3 of Unix for the Impatient, and take the book along with you to the Laboratory. You will need to very quickly get familiar with the basic commands in Chapter 3 for listing directories, locating files, and generally navigating around the filesystem.
After entering the Lab, log at one of the workstations. The login procedure is described here.
Once you are logged in, start up X Windows as described
Once X is started, start
netscape using the command
netscapeis available over the Web using
netscapeitself. Play around with
netscapeuntil you are comfortable with its use.
QUESTION: What do you have to do to reduce the size of
netscape's document cache from the default 5MB to
2MB, so that it doesn't eat up half the disk space in your directory
with copies of all the documents you have recently viewed
(and might view again soon)?
msgscommand to your
.loginfile is a script for the C shell. This is discussed in Unix for the Impatient, and we will treat these in more detail soon.
If you are logged into the Lab remotely from somewhere where you
are unable get an X Windows connection, you can still read online
information by using the
lynx command as follows:
lynx, to help you get started, and full documentation is available over the Web.
QUESTION: What does the online documentation tell you to do if when you try to start X Windows it stops immediately with a funny message about ``termcap'' files?
QUESTION: What is the URL (world wide web address) for the the CSE 230 Home Page?
manprogram itself. Use
whatiscommand to get a brief description of a program, given its name. For example, run
whatisprogram is. Play around with these commands and see what you can find out.
yourloginnamewith your personal login name). The system will wait for you to enter your message. After entering the message, type CTRL-D (hold the control key down while typing D). You should get back to the shell prompt. Then type
You can mail to me by using
mail stark, or else you
can mail me from Netscape by clicking on my E-mail address at the
bottom of any of the course pages. Feel free to try it, if you
want. Ask me to reply, if you want to see if you can get mail
NOTE: There are much better mail systems available than
to read all my mail. Many people use
pine. There are manual pages available online for
these programs, if you want to try them.
dfcommand to display information about mounted filesystem volumes. Use
pwdto find out the name of your home directory (the one you are placed in when you log in). Using
ls, look around at the various filesystem volumes and try to get an idea of the type of information that is stored in each.
QUESTION: On what filesystem volume is your home directory
located? On what server machine does it reside?
For each of the mounted filesystem volumes reported by
df, give a brief description of what is stored there,
as best as you can determine.
QUESTION: How does one access the full online Emacs documentation? Name five of the top-level menu items in the full documentation.
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