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Mom versus an Ubuntu Terminal My Life 20 APR 2011

I must admit, I was actually quite proud of my mother the other day, when I asked of her a near impossible thing and we came 95% close to actually achieving it!

It all started after another successful Tuesday of working from home while looking after Jessica. Having achieved a fair amount of code during the day, I happily ran a SVN commit before sleepy time and went to bed.

The next morning as I arrived in the office, it struck me like a thunderbolt that I hadn’t run a SVN add before the commit and seeing as committing via a terminal doesn’t automatically do this, I was now in a situation where some of my newly created files from the day before wouldn’t be available to me here in the office!

Now I knew mom was on Jessica babysitting duty for the day, so I took a chance and grabbed the office phone, putting a call through to our home number. Sure enough, mom picked up and after a little banter, I requested that she head for the home office and get comfy.

There I attempted to navigate her through the process of accessing the Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal menu option, changing directory to the correct working folder which I needed her to be in, running various SVN commands like info and status, as well as returning a list of files and directories within various folders.

Now to someone like me this is pretty trivial, but bear in mind that my dear old mom isn’t exactly a PC power user, never mind the fact that she’s only ever used Windows before – and now I have her running around on a text only command line terminal!


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