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I need to locate this file, and apparently it's in ~/.sabnzbd/. Total Linux newcomer here, how do I access that file?

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On the command line or in nautilus? – Kevin May 23 '12 at 1:14
Command line considering that may be the first time in my life I've heard that other word. – Doug Smith May 23 '12 at 1:31
Nautilus is the graphical file explorer included with gnome, which is probably the desktop manager you're using. – Kevin May 23 '12 at 1:32

cd is the command to 'change directory'. So open a terminal and type:

cd ~/.sabnzbd

Now you're in that directory. To see the files, use ls. You'll probably want to see and/or edit the file, for which you'll probably want to use gedit

gedit sabnzbd.ini
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(Not really an answer, but a lengthy post, too lengthy for the comment box...)

Oh, you could probably use some "Introduction to UNIX" quick tutorial, just to get used to the basic concepts.

For a start: ~ usually denotes your "home directory" (each user is assigned a directory in the filesystem, frequently under /home/, but there's no enforced rule on this (other than a "Filesystem Hierarchy Standard" which may be an interesting read if you're not used to UNIX filesystem and its top level directories).

Opening a terminal emulator (xterm, Terminal, ...) will give you a shell.

All UNIX programs, shells included, are in a specific directory when they are running, and may change to another directory. When you start terminal emulators, shells usually start at ~.

Like kevin said, now you can use cd to change that directory in the shell. If the file is right under ~/.sabnzbd/, you can just do something with it.

Shells can be used to start programs, and can also be used to do file manipulations. If you just need to read the file, you can use a pager, such as less:

less sabnzbd.ini

When you're done, hitting q will quit less. If you want to edit the file, you need to use an editor, and there are plenty of those. As I have the feeling that, right now, your priority is to edit the file, just try what Kevin suggested.

You can specify paths in the shell, not just the name of files in the current directory. You can also do

less ~/.sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini

As soon as you get to the shell.

Depending on your system, you may even have a "run command" feature that, if you input ~/.sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini, will try to open the file in some editor.

Some shells also have tab completion, try writing

less ~/.sabnzbd/sab

and hitting the tab key after the b.

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