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Files, directories and links

Posted 12-26-2023 at 08:09 AM by hazel
Updated 02-20-2024 at 07:29 AM by hazel

Here's the dirty secret: directories/folders on a computer don't actually contain any files at all. Nary a one! In fact, directories are themselves files and therefore can't contain anything but data. They do contain rather unusual data compared with other files, and there are all kinds of safety checks in standard file-handling utilities that stop you from looking inside them as you would with any other type of file, but files they are all the same.

I think we have been seriously...
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How to use a forum (edited extract from The Charm of Linux)

Posted 10-12-2023 at 02:28 AM by hazel
Updated 10-12-2023 at 04:16 AM by hazel

1) Start by searching your chosen forum. Someone may already have asked this question. If the forum has a FAQ, use it.
2) Don't post off-topic; find the right sub-forum for your post. If it's very basic and there is a "newbie" forum, you can also post there. Be careful not to post in a forum that is labelled "Not for support questions". And don't post in more than one section. Most forums have a rule against this.
3) Choose your post title carefully. Never use titles...
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Posted in For newbies
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Why Slackware is not like Debian: a guide for new slackers

Posted 02-09-2022 at 12:12 PM by hazel
Updated 01-30-2024 at 12:29 AM by hazel

Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution and also one of the most distinctive. People who come freshly to it, after perhaps having used another Linux distribution for a couple of years, often experience a degree of culture shock. There are a lot of posts in the Slackware forum on this site which amount to "I did A in my new Slackware system and the result was B when most distros would have given me C. Why does Slackware behave like this?" If they then get the answer, "That...
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Posted in Slackware
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Building software from source

Posted 05-09-2021 at 08:56 AM by hazel
Updated 10-12-2022 at 08:26 AM by hazel

In the early days of Linux, a lot of people found themselves having to build programs from source. Nowadays many users have never done this or wanted to do it. And that can be seen as a great step forwards because it means that Linux is now an operating system for ordinary people and not just for hackers and geeks. And given all the bad things that one can say about Windows -- the instability, the malware, the constant "phoning home", the unfair EULA conditions, the invasions of privacy,...
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What a Slackware derivative with dependency checking might look like

Posted 04-07-2021 at 05:56 AM by hazel
Updated 02-08-2022 at 12:01 PM by hazel

DISCLAIMER: This is not a serious suggestion. It's more of a jeu d'esprit, a philosophical exploration of how some limited degree of dependency checking might be introduced without damaging the essential structure of Slackware. The thing is certainly possible because Salix does it.

At present, the only newbie-friendly way to install Slackware is to do a full install, in which all dependencies are automatically satisfied. This is the recommended way to install and you will get little...
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