Every time i read a post on how to compile in linux i still get errors.

I goto the directory where the .java files are.
then type "javac *java" to compile to java files.
then i get errors "cannot find symbols"

can someone give step by step instructions on compiling and executing my
java files from a linux terminal??

thanks ahead.

Did you installed java in your linux system.Check whether you have java by typing the below command.

which java
locate java

To check the version:
java -version

Thank you,