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> ls-la unknown color scheme in terminal mode, problems with Ubuntu 12.04 and ls-la results
post Oct 19 2013, 08:34 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Hello, new user here. I recently downloaded and unziped a file that contains examples of python files. Once unziped, in terminal mode the listing of
that directory shows the directories in that directory as a green background and blue foreground. I do not find a reference to that color scheme,
I am using Ubuntu 12.04.
The directories are named such as: Chapter-01 up to Chapter-18 .

The problem: I can not execute the example files using ".\" as I can do with other py files (using the terminal mode).
I also get an error message that this is not a dirctory.
I CAN execute the file by using "python"
Other files not in this directory execute as been in the past.
Also, I can not execute the file(s) using the Desktop file menu. I have insured that the py files have execute permission as well.

The pythonfiles/ scripts run as expected using IDLE the python IDE.

This has me stumped and probally a simple way to understand, except for me :-).

I am thinking this has something to do with the way the zipped file was extracted but don't have a clue. I used the archive tool that is executed when I click on the

I am hoping that I can get some insight so I can continue on in learning to use GUI Python code.

Thanks for any help.

PS: I do have a screen capture if required and I know how to post it.
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post Oct 22 2013, 09:59 AM
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Its GNU/

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I'm confused too...

The . in ./ is a shortcut for current working directory. The command pwd will display the current working directory.
Try using the complete path. If spaces exist in the path or file name then use quotes.

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