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jeremy 09-11-2004 10:01 AM

Requests for new LinuxAnswers
Is there a LinuxAnswer that you'd like to see written? Request it in this thread. This will help give ideas to members who are interested in writing a tutorial.


veritas 09-11-2004 12:31 PM

- A guide to setting up your pop3 mail account with pine would be neat, like get that daemon (fetch i think its called) to check your mail every 5 minutes or so and then download messages to your mail folder for use with pine or whatever you use to monitor your mail folder.

- A guide on getting 3D acceleration working with ATI PCI cards, because their fglrx drivers don't seem to support the card type.

- And also, there is a lack of security answers. Maybe people could write security guides specific to certain distributions. Like "Securing your fresh Slackware 10 installation", "Securing your fresh Fedora C2 installation". Those guides could detail what you need to disable and update etc. The only problem I see with this is versions of distros change a lot, so the guides would become unusable over time. Another security idea is a guide to common services and which ones to disable especially if your linux box is connected to the net.

Just a few ideas.

XavierP 09-11-2004 12:39 PM

veritas: - are any of those helpful?

I like the security idea - but I think a unified one would be better otherwise you would end up with many articles which are largely identical. Just my 0.02

veritas 09-11-2004 12:59 PM


Originally posted by XavierP
are any of those helpful?

I like the security idea - but I think a unified one would be better otherwise you would end up with many articles which are largely identical. Just my 0.02

Actually, I have tried the bottom 2, couldnt get the card working ( radeon 9200SE). And never really clicked on the top two because their titles didn't seem to apply to me. But they look promising, so I'll definitely try them.

Yea, I completely agree with a unified security article on how to secure distros, since most of them are similar with the services and packages.

JZL240I-U 09-15-2004 02:13 AM

A guide to the use of chkconfig, explaining the services and when to (de)activate them, the (x)inetd services (why the division), accelerating boot...

As to the security: firewall rules for dummies for a standalone workstation / house-net / small server explainig e.g. port 6000 with X etc.

javeree 09-15-2004 03:25 AM

I think it would be usefull to have some guides on how to combine several packages in a useful system. As a newbie, I am going to set up mail, but I know there are the actual mail user agents (i'm thinking about trying mutt), there's fetchmail, there's procmail.

I THINK that the 'standard' way of doing things would be an installation where fetchmail gets the mail from a pop server (and does what with it?), procmail then sorts or does other things with it, and finally a user agent reads it.
In Windows most mail clients simply store all mail in a private closed source files system. I understand linux takes an approach where fetchmail places it in /var. (but I don't get how different users get their mail apart), I believe there is a 'standard' in storing mails with each mail being a file.
What if I want my mail to be handled by a Bayesian filter ? How and where should I add which application in the chain ?

I am also wondering, if I have one PC getting the mail of different people, how can they access it from different PC's in a home network.

As a newbie, I took (am taking) the learning curve by doing one thing at a time. Like my first task was 'I want to be able to browse on the internet'. Then it was, 'I want to be able to use my scanner', These kind of tasks where good enough to force me to learn the command line, get used to man pages, learn to install and remover things from my OS, learn to configure my startup etc.
However, I am still missing a lot of 'overview' as can be seen by my questions above.

I have the feeling there is little of the kind of documentation on the internet that says 'this is how one does things in general (and that is how linux handles this), here's an example with package a, b and c, and since you can find help on individual packages, I'm sure you can now start fiddling to use you own choice of package a, b and c)

just my 2c

farpoint 09-15-2004 01:24 PM

Requirements to use a Linux box as an Internet gateway got quite a few Linux distros on my 2 machines, but at the moment I have to use XP as an Internet gateway. About the only thing good I can say about XP and Win2k is that ICS works dead easy and the Linux clients are. well they're just online. MDK10.0 has got a tool for setting up ICS , but I've tried and tried . Once it worked and I thought "Bingo". shut down for the night. Next day. Nothing. Doh.I've just put Guarddog on the Internet gateway machine and am about to have a go at installing (source code) Guidedog. the prog for setting up masquerading, but it would be very helpfull if someone could give some nice, clear requirements for what is needed to use a Linux box as an Internet gateway. I dont like XP. Security has to be thro the roof. It wont shut down. It wont start up. Bill waving the licence in front of you all the time. "One hard drive, one CPU or else". The distro I've put Guarddog on, and am I'm about to put Guidedog on is FC1.A nice tutorial would be very much appreciated. Nigel.

penguin4 10-02-2004 01:29 PM

xavierp; your post in answers is great ,however
any chance that it could be included in every forum post prior to or as a header top of forum post , so that it will be reminder to all of the courtesy and thoughtfulness towards a good full responce from responders. what do you think & other moderators?

XavierP 10-02-2004 02:53 PM

I think it's a great Linux Answer! ;) But rather than put it at the top of each forum (where these things often get lost), use it to educate others. If you see a poster who you think would benefit from it - point it out to them.

penguin4 10-02-2004 05:42 PM

xavierP; will do! will try any method to improve
forums with answers & questions. guess just have to educate as much as possible.
with great patience & fortitude , alas dunderheads learn slowly. but learn (hopefully)
they will.

mufy 10-19-2004 01:07 AM

I need help and that's as simple as that. This is what I'd like to be helped on :

I've a simple text file wherein I'd like to replace all the occurences of a particular word with another word. I'd like to be told the command as to how to do it.

Would appreciate a quick [ helpful :-) ] response!


JZL240I-U 10-19-2004 02:25 AM

Start Kate / any editor you like, load the text-file and use the search/exchange function included ... this is not really what this thread is about ;).

mufy 10-19-2004 03:02 AM

I do appreciate that help, but that's not exactly what I had in mind.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing a command to be included in my shell script which would replace the occurrences of a word and replace it with another.

I'd not made it clear in my earlier post. Apologies.


JZL240I-U 10-19-2004 03:17 AM

Oh, I see.

man sed

I think ;).

mjjzf 12-23-2004 02:14 PM

I could use an introduction to the 'mount' command and the fstab file. I use it, I know how to put in the necessary arguments and basically kludge my way through making a fstab file that works. I would like to get an understanding of it, though. Maybe someone would put together a primer on this?

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