Here’s a quick guide to get Monkey up an
running on your system in half an hour. As a convenience, all commands
and key strokes that must be entered are marked in red. In this section
you will learn how to:
- add the ARJ utility to the DOS PATH;
- install Monkey;
- boot, login, set password, and create an account;
- logout and shutdown Monkey;
- install Monkey software packages; and
- uninstall Monkey.
Adding ARJ to DOS PATH
Before installing Monkey, install the ARJ file
archive utility made available by ARJ Software at
following instructions explain how to add the ARJ folder to your DOS PATH.
- At the DOS prompt type “
C:\> edit c:\autoexec.bat
- In MS Edit add “
C:\ARJ” to the PATH.
Alt+F+S to save your changes.
Alt+F+X to exit MS Edit.
- To implement the changes type “
autoexec.bat” or restart the computer.
Monkey Linux must be installed and booted in DOS,
not a DOS window. For Windows 9x users (before installation or
booting) you must first restart your computer, press
Windows begins to boot, and then select the “command prompt only”
option. Windows Me users must use a Windows 9x boot floppy to
install Monkey, because Windows Me does not have a “command prompt only”
option. Monkey can not be installed on a compressed DOS disk.
DOS and Windows 3.x/9x users, follow these instructions to install Monkey after
checking the system requirements page to see if your
system complies and downloading the installation files from the
- Create the LINUX directory.
C:\> mkdir c:\linux
- Place diskette labeled “
- Type “
arj x -v -y a:\mlinux06 c:\linux” to start the installation.
C:\> arj x -v -y a:\mlinux06 c:\linux
- The installer will indicate when to insert diskettes labeled
mlinux06.a01” to “
- Installation is complete when returned to the DOS prompt.
- You are now ready to boot Monkey Linux.
Booting, Logging In, Setting Passwords,
and Creating Accounts
The following is a quick guide to your first
boot-and-login session. It’s left to the reader to learn the various
shell commands on his/her own; however, there may be a tutorial available in
the future. For now you’ll have to settle for my list of
favorite commands in the
Monkey See page. Commands in GNU/Linux are
case sensitive, so be sure to type the following GNU/Linux commands exactly
- Change to the LINUX directory.
C:\> cd linux
- At the prompt type “
- A bunch of gobbly gook will fly by on your screen
Shift+PgDn to view) followed
by the Monkey login prompt.
- Login as “
Monkey login: root
- Create a password for root. Write it down!
- Create a new user account.
Logging Out and Shutting Down Monkey
You are now the Superuser of your very own Monkey
Linux box. It’s advisable to login to a user account for general
use and as root for administrative use. Do not turn off the computer to
end a GNU/Linux session. To properly shut down Monkey:
- Type “
logout” to end your GNU/Linux session.
- In the user login screen press
- Monkey will shutdown and the computer will reboot DOS (or Windows).
- Proceed with a DOS (or Windows) shutdown.
- You must be logged in as root for this to work.
- At the command prompt, type “
shutdown -h now”.
monkey:~# shutdown -h now
- A series of text messages will scroll by on the screen. When
the final message “System halted” appears the computer is ready to be
- If you’d like to reboot the computer to get back into DOS (or
Windows) then type “
shutdown -r now” instead.
monkey:~# shutdown -r now
packages have been compiled specifically
for Monkey and are available in the
download page. Unless you know what
you’re doing, only install the provided packages. Follow
these steps to install software packages:
- Create an INSTALL directory inside LINUX directory.
C:\> mkdir c:\linux\install
- Copy or move package(s) into INSTALL directory.
- Boot Monkey. Monkey will recognize and install
software package during boot process.
Everything about Monkey is contained in the Linux
directory, so if you choose to uninstall Monkey then all you need to do is
remove the LINUX directory. Type
deltree /y c:\linux” at a DOS prompt and goodbye
When removing Monkey it doesn’t matter whether you’re in true
DOS, a DOS window, or Windows 3.x/9x/Me. If you’re in Windows
3.x/9x/Me then drag the LINUX folder to the Recycle Bin. It’s
that simple. Don’t you wish it was that easy to uninstall that
pestering ex-girlfriend (or ex-boyfriend) from your life? You have
no power here, Monkey. Begone!
C:\> deltree /y c:\linux