Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 11-25-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2005
Posts: 273

Rep: Reputation: 31
What is your path on trouble shooting linux systems?


I usually have a hackish, not very good way of troubleshooting my systems. I usually follow this pattern (kind of).

1.) Whats the problem?
2.) Do I know a fix off the top of my head -> try it
3.) Look for / read logs -> Does this lead to an answer in my head? -> try it
4.) Google up error codes -> Any solutions? -> try it
5.) Ask -> Add content cause I left out a lot of info -> go back to google

For the long timers out there that have been doing this awhile, what is your general troubleshooting steps that you take? I'm looking to improve my process to have speedier and better results on my own.


Old 11-25-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Statesboro, GA
Distribution: Arch Linux 2007.05 "Duke" (Kernel 2.6.21)
Posts: 447

Rep: Reputation: 30
That's actually pretty close to what I do, but I spend more time looking things up online.

Mine kind of looks like this:

1) What is the problem? Does the problem itself spring to mind any possible solution? Try any associated solutions and repeat via information gleaned from any possible solutions.

2) Check distro specific sites for widespread distro problems introduced through by the devs or the like.

3) Google for a general issue.

4) Ask a general linux forum such as LQ.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recommend a trouble shooting book newbe45 Linux - General 4 01-31-2008 11:36 AM
Folder access and trouble shooting mdar Slackware 2 01-06-2006 09:34 PM
RHCE Trouble Shooting Files Nilesh.Shah Linux - Newbie 6 06-12-2005 07:38 AM
secure subnets and ping trouble shooting?? fhameed Linux - Networking 1 12-28-2004 08:23 AM
Rhce trouble shooting binumvk Linux - Certification 3 06-23-2004 12:51 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:37 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration