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im new to linux i.e i started the day before yesterday. and i was installing my speedtouch modem and there was a command about entering ur password and username in ...
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    what was the first n00b mistake you made?


    im new to linux i.e i started the day before yesterday. and i was installing my speedtouch modem and there was a command about entering ur password and username in a word editing program called kate. and i was reading a faq on how to do this and it said enter the command
    kate /home/....etc
    and i thought u were meant to enter ur name at the beginning cos i thought the author was just using the name kate as an example so i put my name in and nothing happened and i got very very annoyed......

    i was wondering if anyone else had any other humorus n00b mistakes they wud like to share

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    For me it would of been the ./configure command, and not running it the programs directory, and then once I started to do ./configure in the right dir, I couldn't goi very far without gcc - but I din't know this at the time

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    Not so much a newbie mistake, but a critical error caused by too much caffien, not enough sleep and a distraction at just the right moment.
    I had just upgraded from kernel 2.4.x to 2.6.7. This meant I no longer needed to use scsi emulation for my dvd writer. The idea was simple. Delete the symlink /dev/cdrom, which linked to /dev/sr0, and then make a new symlink from /dev/hdc to /dev/cdrom. Easy enough, right?
    Well, about the time I got rm -f /dev typed in to the console, the phone rang. Somehow, during the phone conversation, I guess I hit enter.
    OH NOOOOO!!!!!! You did it the way I said?

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    Well, I just tried to experiment a little bit with my old FC3-box and suddenly eggcups stopped working on gnome... Then a binary-package started complaining abot libc, so I thought I broke something and tried to replace libc with a symlink to a version of libc I copied over from a redhat 7 box, and when I deleted libc the system froze and would'nt even boot... Ehem, dont laugh

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    I honestly cant remember my first noob error i made. even tho it's only prolly 2/3 years ago :s

    but it was prolly something that now i feel so stupid for doing, but then i guess that's just experience.

    The best way to learn is from ur mistakes and of course other's mistakes..... like DONT run
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    rm -rf /
    lol
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    RedHat 7...I won't go into the specifics, but it began with cd /etc/init.d and continued with rm...
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    Thinking Windows 95 was the best OS ever.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1701
    Thinking Windows 95 was the best OS ever.



    Jeremy
    lol

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    To many to count. One of the notable ones, I installed Ubuntu, attempting to dual boot with Windows. And I let Ubuntu erase the entire hard drive.
    Along with all of my info that was not backed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    To many to count. One of the notable ones, I installed Ubuntu, attempting to dual boot with Windows. And I let Ubuntu erase the entire hard drive.
    Along with all of my info that was not backed up.
    Bet u were happy with ubuntu then lol.
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