First - This is not aimed at everyone or anyone in particular
Second - If you are offended then you may be part of the problem
Third - If you are part of the problem please take this as constructive.
Fourth - This is my opinion and only my opinion
Fith - If you feel I am off basis state so and explain why
Now for the rant
One thing I have noticed about the open source community is as follows:
Someone asks a question:
Every one assumes they have NOT read the man pages or the manual.
They assume that they have not read the source code.
Here is the Issue I have with this train of thought.
I am new to open source
I am not a c developer (I'm a SQL seveloper)
The c language is jibberish to me, but I am learning it.
The best way to describe reading a manual or man page would be to give a computer manual
to a person in the 14th centry and ask them to read it and then turn on the PC and start
xyz program from the shell (without telling them they have to be root - evry one knows you must be root to run that program)
Manuals and man pages take the assumption that I know where the file "somthing.conf" is
did a search on on of those one time and found 7 different ones.
Manuals and man pages take the assumption that I know how to us VI or some other editor to change thier file
This is not that bad since editors all do the same basic thing - they edit the file
Dont wait till the very last last line in the instructions to state
"This only works on xyz distro"
State it at the start so I dont have to read it for abc distro
Or - and this is a pisser
"If this doesn't work go to http://asdfg.net
" and it says that you must be running
unstable somthing on xyz distro
Now I have to clean up the machine to get rid of the trash
Questions answered in postings
You can try
abc service restart
from where? the shell? (figured that one out)
abc not found
where is it? /bin /usr where and do I have to su?
state somthing like this
You can try
now I know I need to be su
also I know where it is
end of rant for now
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