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Old 04-09-2003, 07:50 PM   #1
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teach me to fish

can someone point me in the direction of a list of important system files so i don't have to ask stupid questions like "what is that file with the bash profile?"

i'm sure it exists somewhere, a list with descriptions of files like modules.conf and inittab... if anyone knows of something like this i'd be quite interested. i'm still pretty new and i haven't found a single good linux instructional website yet hardly... maybe a few but the point is i'm past the basics now and i want to become and instant power user.
Old 04-09-2003, 08:18 PM   #2
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I am pretty new aswell however I have found that there is alot of "important" files in /etc.

The best way to find things however is to read manuals and use the locate feature read 'man locate'
Old 04-09-2003, 08:35 PM   #3
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I second what our Ozzie mate said :)

and also, I think the problem with such
a list would be that it would be hard to
maintain, considering that
a) everybody finds different things important and
b) Things change often between versions
and distributions...

"what is that file with the bash profile?"
The best attempt to find an answer to that
would be
man bash
Almost every program that makes use
of configuration files will have this
FILES-section near the end of the man-page
that will give you a brief overview of location
and meaning of the file.

              The bash executable
              The systemwide initialization  file,  executed  for
              login shells
              The  personal  initialization  file,  executed  for
              login shells
              The individual per-interactive-shell startup file
              The individual login shell cleanup  file,  executed
              when a login shell exits
              Individual readline initialization file
Man is your friend, and so is the / (search) ;)

Old 04-09-2003, 09:04 PM   #4
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Masters Degree

When I was in the same position as bandofmercy I got an enormous boost in my understanding of Linux by reading the book:

Running Linux, Fourth Edition, published by O'Reilly
Old 04-10-2003, 11:56 AM   #5
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Don't forget the famous

The most cryptic log entry or filename normally has at least one page somewhere explaining what it means.
Old 04-10-2003, 12:04 PM   #6
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As rising_son said most important config files are in /etc and sometimes they have man pages for more information. You can try 'man fstab' and 'man modules.conf' etc...
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If it weren't for the ldp I wouldn't be running Linux today.


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