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Learning Red Hat Linux by Bill McCarty

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Getting Help

If your system fails to boot, or if you’re unable to complete the Linux installation process, don’t despair. The help you need is probably close by, in one of these sources:

  • Linux FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Linux HOWTOs

  • The Red Hat mailing list

  • Usenet newsgroups

The following sections describe these sources and explain how to access and use them. You should generally consult them in the order specified.

FAQs

Linux FAQs present commonly asked questions and answers. The Red Hat Linux Installation Support FAQ is available online at http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/rhl/RedHat-FAQ/RedHat-FAQ.html. Also useful is the Red Hat Linux 5.2 Errata, found online at http://www.redhat.com/corp/support/errata/rh52-errata-general.html.

You can find additional FAQs on the CD-ROM diskette, in the /Doc/Faq directory. You can also find these FAQs online at http://metalab.unc.edu/linux/intro.html. The main Linux FAQ is known simply as the Linux FAQ. You can find it on-line at http://metalab.unc.edu/linux/FAQ/Linux-FAQ.html.

HOWTOs

Linux HOWTOs address specific topics of interest to Linux users. They’re found on the CD-ROM diskette in the /Doc/Howto directory. You can also find them online at http://metalab.unc.edu/linux/intro.html. At this point in your Linux experience, you’ll probably find the Installation-HOWTO useful. Use it to find workarounds for your installation and configuration problems.

The HOWTOs are generally available in plain text format. You can use Microsoft Windows ...

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