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how to see system files fedora 20 gnome

asked 2014-09-03 06:03:16 -0500

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updated 2014-09-03 18:57:02 -0500

How is it possible to see the system directory (/etc, /bin, etc.) in fedora 20 gnome? I can't even get a list in the terminal as root,

Thank you for your help.

Below is a copy of my termnal when I try to list the directories. The normal system directories don't even seem to exist.

I need access to them because many important programs like torbrowser or skype cannot be installed via the software program - they require edits to the repositories which reside in /etc. How can I make the needed changes if I can't access the directories?

Problem solved. Thank you very much.

[squirebug@localhost ~]$ su Password: 
[root@localhost squirebug]# ls -a 
. .bashrc Downloads .gstreamer-0.10 .mozilla .rkward .. .cache .esd_auth .ICEauthority Music .ssh .adobe .color .gdmap .kde .mypaint Templates .bash_history .config .gnome2 .local Pictures Videos .bash_logout Desktop .gnome2_private .m17n.d .pki .bash_profile Documents .gnupg .macromedia Public

[root@localhost squirebug]#

Thank you for your help.

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Your question needs more details to be answered. What exactly did you do, what happened, and what did you expect would happen?

pnadk gravatar imagepnadk ( 2014-09-03 07:45:14 -0500 )edit

I've edited your question to add the additional information you provided. Please do that in the future and reserve the "answers" area for people providing answers.

As a side note, the contents of your root user's home directory suggest to me that you are logging into desktop environments and executing graphical user applications as root. That's not a good idea: you should only use the root account for things that actually require root privileges.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-09-03 10:06:12 -0500 )edit

No. Look again. He logs in as himself, then uses su.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-09-03 14:10:29 -0500 )edit

d'oh! Thanks, sideburns.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-09-03 14:42:04 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-09-03 14:23:43 -0500

skytux gravatar image

You are logged in as root in your home directory. I think that what you want to do is the following:

$ su
# cd /
# ls -a
.   bin   dev  home  lib    lost+found  mnt  proc        root  sbin  sys  usr
..  boot  etc  iraf  lib64  media       opt  .readahead  run   srv   tmp  var



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answered 2014-09-03 14:23:53 -0500

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When you use su to become root, you're still in the same directory as you were before. (If you use su - you find yourself in /root instead.) If you want to see what's in (let's say) /etc, you either need to go to that directory with cd /etc or at least specify what directory you want to look at, such as ls -a /etc Simply changing to root while in your home directory and running ls -a isn't going to show you what's in /etc.

And, unless you need to do several commands as root, you're probably better off as randomuser points out to use su -c to run one command as root, then go back to being yourself.

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