Subject: Re: Newly installed, and completely lost
To: Merideth Johnston <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: port-mac68k
Date: 01/17/2000 13:05:29
On Mon, 17 Jan 2000, Merideth Johnston wrote:

> Hi.  Newbie here.  After much bewildering perusal in the endless web, I
> managed to figure out what files to download, how to set partitions, etc.,
> and have followed the installation instructions to success...
	If you have any suggestions as to how to make it easier to find
	what to download - please let us know. Its people like you, who
	have just come to it with a fresh start who can best help us
	there :)

> up until it says "post installation...."  There, I was completely
> buffaloed.  The first thing that threw me was the question, "terminal
> type".... huh?  I have no idea what it finally took to get past that
> question, nor any idea what my "terminal type" might be.  Plus, I was

	I'll update the Post Install login note to include

	Unless you have connected an unusual terminal device as the
	console you can just press RETURN when it prompts for
	Terminal type? [...]

> Could somebody tell me what to do once I AM installed?  The instructions in
> the Install doc are not at all accurate, and I don't know what it is

	Can you point out any of the innaccuracies? We'd be more than
	happy to fix them.

> talking about for the most part.  I don't think I can take another wander
> through the maze on your web site without breaking something important in
> my organic partition, so please, if you have a page there with the
> appropriate information, could you give me the exact url for it?  Thanks
> much, and bless you.
	We have some people working on a new user guide (in English and
	Italian), but you're probably best off getting a unix book
	- see

> ps - if anybody could tell me in general terms how to make a menu that will
> come up at startup, so I can associate descriptive items with commands
> rather than memorize coded giberish like crazy (something I never have done
> well) I'd appreciate that, too.  It will be my first project with this
> beast.  8-)
	Simplest option may be to:
	a) edit .cshrc and add the line 'cat notes'
	   (This will display (catenate) the file notes)
	b) edit notes and add your notes there
	c) play around with alias
	   You use alias as:
	   alias what_you_want_to_type  what_you_want_to_happen
	   eg, after typing:
	   alias h history
	   you can type 'h[return]' and it will be as if you have typed
	   You can add alias lines to your .cshrc (but they will not be
	   executed until you next login (there is a way to bypass this,
	   but we'll skip that for now :)

	For help on editing files see