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Slackbook Chapter 2 Cliff Notes

Posted 03-31-2011 at 12:57 PM by SlowLearner
Updated 04-01-2011 at 03:01 AM by SlowLearner (To categorize)

Chapter 2 Help

When you install Slackware chose the option of installing packages from the F series which includes FAQs and HOWTOs.


2.1 System Help
man displays manual documentation
whatis gives a very brief description of system commands, a pocket command reference.
apropo SEARCHES FOR a man page containing a given keyword.

SYNTAX
Quote:
man somecommand
will display the man page for (naturally) the command specified, in our example this would be the imaginary program somecommand.
Quote:
% whatis bash
bash (1) - GNU Bourne-Again SHell
bash [builtins] (1) - bash built-in commands, see bash(1)
Quote:
% apropos wav
cdda2wav (1) - a sampling utility that dumps CD audio data into wav sound files
netwave_cs (4) - Xircom Creditcard Netwave device driver
oggdec (1) - simple decoder, Ogg Vorbis file to PCM audio file (WAV or RAW)

2.1.2 The /usr/doc Directory

Each program will (usually) install its own documentation in the form of
README files, usage instructions, license files, etc.in the /usr/doc Directory

IF whatis not enough THEN man
IF man not enough THEN cd /usr/doc


2.1.3 HOWTOs and mini-HOWTOs

If installed try cd /usr/doc/Linux-HOWTOs or cd /usr/doc/Linux-mini-HOWTOs

These files are well worth reading whenever you're not quite sure how to proceed with something. They cover an amazing range of topics, more often than not in a surprisingly detailed manner.


2.2 Online Help

The Official Slackware Website http://www.slackware.com/
The official forum for Slackware Linux. www.linuxquestions.org

Everyone who purchases an official CD set is entitled to free installation support via e-mail from the developer.support@slackware.com. Other e-mail addresses and contact information are listed on the website.


2.2.2.1 Slackware Linux Project Mailing Lists

http://slackware.com/lists/archive/

email majordomo@slackware.com with:

slackware-announce or slackware-security

in body of email

for emailed:
announcements new versions, major updates, general information
or
announcements security issues, exploits, vulnerabilities direct to Slackware will get posted to this list immediately.


2.2.3 Non-Official Websites and Help Forums

http://connie.slackware.com/~mrgoblin/articles.php
http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=start
http://www.google.com/
http://www.google.com/linux
http://www.google.com/bsd
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  1. Old Comment
    I have recently installed Slackware and I have no idea how to deal with it. I am not saying that I am a lazy and I have not read any of the documentation, in fact there is no docmumentation at all!!!

    For instance, I've tried to configure my Wireless. I read the Slackbook and there is nothing. I read an Alien's tutorial and nothing of what he says works. Now I can't use my distro because of that in my working place.

    Do you know any place in which I can find the documentation for the minor things?

    Regards.
    Posted 04-04-2011 at 10:18 AM by marine.fran marine.fran is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by marine.fran View Comment
    I have recently installed Slackware and I have no idea how to deal with it. I am not saying that I am a lazy and I have not read any of the documentation, in fact there is no docmumentation at all!!!

    For instance, I've tried to configure my Wireless. I read the Slackbook and there is nothing. I read an Alien's tutorial and nothing of what he says works. Now I can't use my distro because of that in my working place.

    Do you know any place in which I can find the documentation for the minor things?

    Regards.
    Hello marine.fran. I am a Slackware user and have "never" read the slackbook, or much of any other documentation as well. I just don't have the attention span I used to, .

    Anyway, knowing the difficulties I had when I first tried getting my wireless up and running, the best thing you can do is ask in the Linux-Hardware forums. Maybe someone will have the same device you have and can help.

    The easiest route to go, if it still exists, is ndiswrapper. That might allow you to use the windows drivers to get connected until you can find a linux driver for your device.

    Wikipedia document for information about it, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDISwrapper
    LQ wiki for it, http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Ndiswrapper
    Posted 04-05-2011 at 01:32 AM by Mol_Bolom Mol_Bolom is offline
 

  



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