There is wealth of information one should go through when setting up a major system, for instance for a news or general Internet service provider. The FAQs in the following groups are useful:
Some of the most interesting news groups are:
Most newsgroups have their own FAQ that are designed to answer most of your questions, as the name Frequently Asked Questions indicate. Fresh versions should be posted regularly to the relevant newsgroups. If you cannot find it in your news spool you could go directly to the FAQ main archive FTP site. The WWW versions can be browsed at FAQ main archive WWW site.
Some FAQs have their own home site, of particular interest here are
These are low noise channels mainly for developers. Think
twice before asking questions there as noise delays the development.
Some relevant lists are
Many of the most useful mailing lists run on the
but this is notoriously overloaded, so try to find a mirror. There are some lists mirrored at
The Redhat Home Page.
Many lists are also accessible at
and the rest of the web site is a gold mine of useful information.
If you want to find out more about the lists available you can send a message
with the line
lists to the
list server at vger.rutgers.edu.
If you need help on how to use the mail server just send the line
to the same address.
Due to the popularity of this server it is likely it takes a bit to time before
you get a reply or even get messages after you send a
There is also a number of other majordomo list servers that can be of interest such as the EATA driver list and the Intelligent IO list.
Mailing lists are in a state of flux but you can find links to a number of interesting lists from the Linux Documentation Homepage.
These are intended as the primary starting points to
get the background information as well as show you how to solve
a specific problem.
Some relevant HOWTOs are
The main site for these is the
There is a a new HOWTO out that deals with setting up a DPT RAID system, check out the DPT RAID HOWTO homepage.
These are the smaller free text relatives to the HOWTOs.
Some relevant mini-HOWTOs are
ZIP Drive .
You can find these at the same place as the HOWTOs, usually in a sub directory
mini. Note that these are scheduled to be converted into SGML and
become proper HOWTOs in the near future.
Linux Large IDE mini-HOWTO is no longer valid, instead read
In most distributions of Linux there is already a document directory already, have a look in the document archive where most packages store their main documentation and README files etc. Also you will here find the HOWTO archive of ready formatted HOWTOs and also the mini-HOWTO archive of plain text documents.
Many of the configuration files mentioned earlier can be found in the
directory. In particular you will want to work with the
file that sets up the mounting of partitions
and possibly also
file that is used for the
md system to set up RAID.
The kernel source is, of course, the ultimate documentation. In other words, use the source, Luke. It should also be pointed out that the kernel comes not only with source code which is even commented (well, partially at least) but also an informative documentation directory. If you are about to ask any questions about the kernel you should read this first, it will save you and many others a lot of time and possibly embarrassment.
Also have a look in your
system log file
to see what is going on and in particular how the booting went if
too much scrolled off your screen. Using
tail -f /var/log/messages
in a separate window or screen will give you a continuous update of what is
going on in your system.
You can also take advantage of the
file system that is a window into the inner workings of your system.
cat rather than
more to view the files as they are
reported as being zero length.
Much of the work here is based on the Filesystem Structure Standard (FSSTND). It has changed name to File Hierarchy Standard (FHS) and is less Linux specific. The maintainer has set up a home page which tells you how to join the currently private mailing list, where the development takes place.
There is a huge number of informative web pages out there and by their very nature they change quickly so don't be too surprised if these links become quickly outdated.
A good starting point is of course the Sunsite LDP archive that is a information central for documentation, project pages and much, much more.
ext2fsand is called
e2compr. For more information check out the e2compr homepage.
For diagrams and information on all sorts of disk drives, controllers etc. both for current and discontinued lines The Ref is the site you need. There is a lot of useful information here, a real treasure trove. You can also download the database using FTP.
Please let me know if you have any other leads that can be of interest.
Remember you can also use the web search engines and that some, like
Also remember that Dejanews is a dedicated news searcher that keeps a news spool from early 1995 and onwards.
If you have to ask for help you are most likely to get help in the
news group. Due to large workload and a slow network connection I am not able to follow that
newsgroup so if you want to contact me you have to do so by e-mail.