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  1. #1
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    Default Introduction & Newbie Linux Question.

    Hello,

    Just thought I'd post an introduction, I registered as I will be starting the pen testing with backtrack training on Monday.

    I have read the pre req's and I think I am well prepared, the network stuff shouldn't cause me any issues (I have CCIE R&S and Sec.) but my linux skills are only very basic. I can find my way around and do the day to day tasks but that's about it..

    Anyway, I managed to get backtrack 3 installed as dual boot on my XP machine, got the wireless card going (an intel 3945 a/b/g) with the raw drivers etc, so it's going ok so far...

    But... I have one very basic question.

    I realise that I can run the tools I need from a shell and they are all working , I can also find the files in the relative directories under the /pentest directory.

    So I am assuming that my install knows this from the path, but when I issue the echo $PATH command I can't the path to the pentest directory..

    Are they referenced by symbolic links ? If so I can't find em..

    OK, so here I am, and apologies for the very basic question but it has me going crazy...

    Best

    WS

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    The command "which" will tell you the actually path of the command that you want to execute. So, for example "which airodump-ng" will tell you "/usr/local/sbin/airodump-ng". You could then do a "ls -l /usr/local/sbin/airodump-ng" to ascertain whether it is a symbolic link. Having said this, chances are that there are no symbolic lnks to the /pentest directories. More likely, the directories "also" include the binaries, or they include things other than the binaries.

  3. #3
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    Thanks armedpilot,

    That helped alot, now I am a tiny bit wiser ;-)

    Best

    WS

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