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Old 02-29-2004, 07:07 PM   #1
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Slackware documentation

I have installed Slackware 9.1 and I'm looking for documentation....

There are a bunch of howtos in the /usr/doc/ directory. What format are these in? I can view them with less, but there are extra tags.....

Is the slackware book installed? I only have the first two install CDs. If not, where can I download the slack book from?

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you can read it here.
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I will need it on a computer that has not yet got a modem configured.......

No biggie though, I will take my laptop around and use it to read the book while hacking away on the slack box.

What are the howtos meant to be viewed in?

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Old 02-29-2004, 07:28 PM   #4
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I recently installed slack 9.1 (moving over from RH9), and used a two disk
install -- actually, since I didn't install kde, it was a 1 disk install, as I recall.

Here are my observations:

1. HOWTOs are normally in English (ASCII) text. I don't recall the extra tags you
refer to and can't find any at the moment. Can you tell me which particular file
has these? Conceivably there was an option to install them in html (that I missed
and you didn't). I prefer them in plain ASCII, anyway.

2. A useful command to know is the file command:

bash-2.05b$ file COPYRIGHT

This isn't perfect, but it can save you from running less or more on a non-ascill file,
which can be disconcerting.

You might like to read these in your favorite text editor instead of in less.

3. The slack book is said to be out of date, but pretty accurate for 9.1. It is quite
inexpensive if you can find it at a convenient bookstore. I couldn't, and was in a
hurry (i.e., didn't want to wait for mail delivery). I found on google with a search something like "slackware linux essentials" pdf

I can still find it that way, and just now I found it at:

Welcome to Slackware and to Linuxquestions!


John Velman

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any of the how-to's can be opened and read w/ an editor. man command from a terminal will work as well. man pages can be viewed from the kde control center as well.
good luck.
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The book is also on the 3rd Slackware iso.
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is a good source of Slackware info

The HOWTO's can be read in any browser


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