May 26, 2014

I lost my command line in Debian.How do I get it back?

I'm not sure which desktop invironment I have.New in Linux totally confused so far.

To the best of my knowledge, mate is a desktop environment NOT a text editor....

To the best of my knowledge, mate is a desktop environment NOT a text editor. Gnome is also a desktop environment.
If you are in a terminal you are at the command line.
Try this:
prefix your command with 'sudo' like so $ sudo yourcommand
if you get a password prompt type in your user password- the one you log in with
Else
Type su - at prompt in terminal
Click [enter]or[return] key
Enter the root password you should have set up when you installed system. You won't see any output on screen while inputting password.
Click [enter]or[return] key
Either you will get incorrect password complaint or prompt will change meaning you are now working as root.

As far as text editors go you should have at least one of these text editors available to you from command line- nano, pico, joe, vim, or vi.

Since you have a gui with menus you probably also have access to gui text editors like medit or leafpad.

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If you just want command line access, after logging in hold down ++ keys
Should read:
If you just want command line access, after logging in hold down ctrl+alt+f1 keys

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I click on system tools,preferences,system settings,system monitors and...

I click on system tools,preferences,system settings,system monitors and system
I have there
Debian release 7.5(wheezy 32 bit.
kernal linux 3.20.4-686pae
Gnome 3.4.2
memory 438.8 mib
processor amd athlon(tm)2800+
available space 65.2ib.
I thought when I downloaded debian I was getting mate for text editor.Apparently I
have gnome with I don't know which editor I have.
What worries me is everthing I put in the root terminal ends up command not found. Denied.
and it seems I should have a command line in my menu's somewhere.
How can I get a text editor if I can't use the root terminal?

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If you just want command line access, after logging in hold down ++ keys and...

If you just want command line access, after logging in hold down ++ keys and that should drop you to a console where you can again login to fix stuff.
ctrl+alt+f1-f6 are usually set up for consoles with f7 having your graphics interface though that may be anywhere between f5 and f8.

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I've got debian and I thought I have mate for desktop but don't see mate...

I've got debian and I thought I have mate for desktop but don't see mate
in the menu.I'm really lost in linux so far.
1. could not launch terminal-failed to execute child process"/ect/apt/sources list"
permission denied.
2.can not launch "gedit"failed to execute child process"user/share/pixma/gnome
terminal,xpm"(pearmission denied)
3. When I click on terminal I get this page.gnome terminal
their was an error creating the child process for this terminal.
failed to execute child process"/vmlinux-permission denied.
4. I can't find the command line in debian.
This might not be the best information but it's the best I can do.
Hope you can help

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Can you tell us more? What happens? What are you using? Do you mean that you...

Can you tell us more? What happens? What are you using? Do you mean that you open a Terminal and can't type anything? Or do you mean something else? Please explain.

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Hi Norman - sorry it took a while to get your question posted. I pre-moderate...

Hi Norman - sorry it took a while to get your question posted. I pre-moderate all of the questions and answers submitted and yesterday was a holiday so I didn't get to it until today.

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