[CentOS-docs] FAQs

Sat May 17 23:25:14 UTC 2008
Ned Slider <ned at unixmail.co.uk>

Ned Slider wrote:
> Ned Slider wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Akemi and I have recently been drafting a few posts for a new forum 
>> subsection (Readme First & FAQs) to aid new forums members in getting 
>> help.
> Apologies, for those that have no idea what I'm talking about because 
> they can't see it, I'll get a temp copy up on the Wiki in a bit :)
> Ned

Rather posting them to the Wiki, Ill copy the content here is that's OK.

Here's the first post, entitled "Where to Find Answers".


Help may be obtained at the following locations:

*1. CentOS help channels:*

Forums: That's where you are now. Please also read the other documents 
in this section.

Mailing lists: The CentOS *discussion and information* list is a general 
purpose communication list for CentOS and is appropriate for asking 
questions relating to CentOS.

Wiki: The Wiki has sections containing howtos, FAQs and tips and tricks. 
The answers to many questions may be found here and the Wiki has a 
search feature to help you find them.

IRC: You may ask your question on the #centos IRC channel.

FAQs: There are FAQ sections on the main site and Wiki

Documentation: CentOS is provided with extensive documentation, so 
please read it.

*2. Use the application's help/documentation system*

Most all Linux applications come with built in help or documentation.

*Help menu:* Most all GUI applications have a help menu.

*Man pages:* At the console, you can view a manual page by doing 'man 
<command>'. For example, 'man bash' will access the manual page for 
bash. KDE users may also view man pages in konqueror by typing man:bash, 
for example, in the location bar.

*Info pages:* At the console, you can view an information page by doing 
'info <command>'. For example, 'info bash' will access the information 
page for bash.

It should be noted, that for the new Linux user, man pages and other 
built in help may at first seem quite obscure and/or cryptic. In many 
instances, these man pages were written by programmers for programmers, 
but they often contain the answer you seek.

*3. Searching*

It is more than likely that your question has been asked, and answered, 
before so please search the above repositories of information before 
asking. Searching on Google is another highly effective way to obtain 

*4. Books*

Some books for CentOS users recommended by community members (note: not 
officially endorsed by the CentOS project).

Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Bible, Christopher Negus (pub: 
Wiley). A good reference for both new and more experienced users.