Why they pay me

Today, a student comes into my office. This is one of the physics summer students who are here as a result of a nation-wide selection for the brightest.

Here’s the exchange:

“I can’t run GIMP on the server.”

“Did you try typing ‘gimp’ on the command line?”

“I did, and it didn’t work.”

I sigh, and start googling for him: How to run GIMP under Linux.

“Are you sure you typed ‘gimp’ on the server? Let me check.”

I login to the server and type ‘gimp’. GIMP starts running.

“So what’s the problem?”

“Oh, I typed ‘gimp2.2’ because that’s what was on the web page I saw.”

“Ever hear of the ‘which’ or ‘locate’ commands?”

“Uh, no.”

“I think I know what you should google when you next sit at your computer.”

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