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Quick Start Guide for New Etexters

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Starting Up

Although there are other computer systems and operating systems in the Etext Center, you will usually use PCs running the Windows 2000/XP operating system. All machines on the left side of the room have scanners attached.

The machines should already be on when you arrive. In case they are not:

  1. Turn on the peripherals (scanners and monitors) first.
  2. Turn on the computers.
  3. The pop-up window will come up, prompting you to log-in:

    Username: epublic
    Password: epublic

    This will give you access to the Windows 2000/XP desktop.


Basic UNIX Navigation


Logging on

Next log on to your account. Double-click on the Exceed icon (which is an image of a top-hat and an "X".)

Exceed icon

When you double-click, a pop-up log-in window will appear:

Exceed login screen

Your login will be the same as your University computer account (xxx#x). The password will be unique to the Etext server. After successfully logging in, you are automatically brought to your "home directory."

The Exceed (UNIX emulation) environment gives you two windows to work with, accessible from the Windows Manager. When you log in to Exceed, the program will open the "Big Window" for you and you'll see:

      etext: home/xxx#x $

This gives your location in the system and the UNIX prompt $ which means the system is ready for your next command.

Next, change to your working directory. To do this type:

      cd working

and hit ENTER. You are now in your working directory, where the text files you will be working on are located.


Useful UNIX Commands (see "Unix Quick Reference Card" for more)

You only need to know a few UNIX commands to get started with text-tagging.

cd returns you to home directory
cd directoryname changes to directory directoryname
cd .. go up one level in directory
cd - goes to last directory
ls lists files in a directory
ls | more lists files sequentially (press ENTER to move down)
ls -al lists file permissions, file size, date last modified, etc.
clear clears the screen
cp filename /pathtodirectory/directoryname copies the file filename to the directory directoryname
mv filename /pathtodirectory/directoryname moves the file filename to the directory directoryname
rm filename removes a file (permanently!)
* wildcard symbol; use to perform an action on all files which start similarly; for example:
rm WhaC* removes all files with names that start with "WhaC" — such as WhaCort.xml and WhaCort.tagfile
CTRL p lists previous command(s)
CTRL c stops command in process
pine opens the UNIX email program
jove filename opens the file filename in the jove editor
spell filename > junk UNIX spell-checker; outputs suspected misspelled words into a file named junk
lpr -P etext_l1 filename prints file from UNIX
grep "characters" filename > junk pulls out all occurrences of characters from the file filename and outputs them into a file named junk
df /directory lists free disk space in directory
flip -u filename gets rid of the ^M characters in a file

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By Andrew Rouner and Matthew Gibson
Revised Cindy Speer, 2004