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Old 2nd May 2005, 04:57 AM
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Where to find answers

This guide will help you find the answers to Fedora related questions you seek by outlining what resources to consult. I use these all the time to find answers. Doing this will help you get answers faster and will help people who answer questions by allowing them to answer more questions or even give them more time to improve the software you use.

(By "project" I mean the organization that created a particular open source project, for example XMMS. Almost always these projects have a web site. Many open source projects are indexed on freshmeat.net, like our XMMS example.)
  • Read the documentation
    You can find documentation:
    • In a help menu
    • For console applications, a man page lists the options for a certain command. (Run "man program ") Use "apropos keyword to find a man page.
    • Under the /usr/share/doc directory. Typically this is under the program name.
    • Online at the project's web site documentation section. Searching the web for the program name usually finds it.
    • Fedora specific documentation is at http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/ and http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/
  • Read the Fedora FAQ
    There's a reason why this is called a FAQ: these questions are asked a lot.
  • If you are installing software, look for RPMs
    With the right rpm software installs easily. See the FAQ for a yum setup, which will install rpms for you. Use the Fedora Tracker search engine to find rpm packages. Get familar with commands like "yum search" and "yum provides", these find the rpms you need. For those odd rpms not in a yum repository, try http://rpmfind.net. Limit your search to Fedora system. There may be rpms on the project's site.
  • Use project specific help channels
    Many projects have their own support systems. Just tell them you are running Fedora. They may have:
    • Web forums
    • mailing lists
    • IRC channels (search IRC channels with this)
    For example, there is a large Mozilla forum here. Use it.
  • Find howtos
    Howtos can tell you exactly what you need to do. Often they contain hints about what programs you need to learn about. You can find howtos at
  • Search effectively
    Whenever possible, limit your search. Include as many search terms as possible.
    Some resources to search:
  • If you can't find it, ask
    There are plenty of ways to communicate, including FedoraForum. Tell what you did and what is going wrong, as exactly as possible. Also mention what you've already looked at. Keep this guide to smart questions and our posting guidelines in mind. Your answer will come quicker.

Finding answers is also a skill. Once mastered, you will be able to hear about some random open source progam, find its website, search for an rpm with the tracker, yum install it, then figure it out with its man page. It is not too hard, it is just a matter of knowing the right resources and how to use them.

Good luck, and may you find the answers you are seeking!

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Old 13th November 2005, 10:03 PM
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your advise are very helpfull!
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Old 17th November 2005, 12:02 AM
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You're welcome.

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Old 17th November 2005, 09:28 AM
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looks like someone who is getting fed up of telling people to read the man pages for the commands.......ha ha ha
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Old 3rd December 2005, 10:42 AM
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Thanks JMan, im a noob and that is very helpful I look forward to attaining the skill of finding the answers

Managed to yum update yesterday that too forever
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Old 6th December 2005, 06:09 AM
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I saved this post to my hard drive. Thanks.
Is it possible to have man pages for newbies ? man pages are great and offer detailed explanation of all the features. But they aren't of much use to a newbie at first. Instead of looking for a a How-To or FAQ, it would be great if he could have it offline with a man like command.
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I saved this post to my hard drive. Thanks.
Is it possible to have man pages for newbies ? man pages are great and offer detailed explanation of all the features. But they aren't of much use to a newbie at first. Instead of looking for a a How-To or FAQ, it would be great if he could have it offline with a man like command.
man pages are more of a reference material. info pages for some commands are much more detailed. If you have any specific man page you feel requires more detailed information or if any information is missing kindly file a bug report in http://bugzilla.redhat.com against the package. If you can provide the content too that would be great
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Old 5th January 2006, 07:40 PM
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It's really nice tips Mr.Jman ;p
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This thread is very useful for me as a FDC newbie. thanks for this
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Old 15th August 2006, 04:11 PM
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The questions below stem from ignorance. As newbie to Fedora, but not to Linux or Unix, I decided to find and install Fedora. In doing so, I found a series of five FC6...i386...iso CD files and downloaded them. I don't have a DVD burner.

On further investigation I discovered the FC7 download pages and the single FC7 iso CD file under something called "LIVE", with which I am ignorant. There is also a reference to the DVD iso, but that doesn't help me. According to the docs, one can boot from the FC7 CD and have a fully working Fedora without installing Fedora. Apparently the same CD can be used to install Fedora 7.

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/readme..._US/index.html mentions a series of five CD files analogous to the FC6 series, but I have been unable to find them.

My question is this: Is the fully functional Fedora 7 available only on DVD? Should I install 6 from the five CDs, then upgrade? Are the five FC7 CD isos hidden somewhere? Is there another way, other than ordering the hard copy DVD, to get the functionality?

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The questions below stem from ignorance. As newbie to Fedora, but not to Linux or Unix, I decided to find and install Fedora. In doing so, I found a series of five FC6...i386...iso CD files and downloaded them. I don't have a DVD burner.

On further investigation I discovered the FC7 download pages and the single FC7 iso CD file under something called "LIVE", with which I am ignorant. There is also a reference to the DVD iso, but that doesn't help me. According to the docs, one can boot from the FC7 CD and have a fully working Fedora without installing Fedora. Apparently the same CD can be used to install Fedora 7.

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/readme..._US/index.html mentions a series of five CD files analogous to the FC6 series, but I have been unable to find them.

My question is this: Is the fully functional Fedora 7 available only on DVD? Should I install 6 from the five CDs, then upgrade? Are the five FC7 CD isos hidden somewhere? Is there another way, other than ordering the hard copy DVD, to get the functionality?

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Read the Fedora 7 FAQ at http://docs.fedoraproject.org/
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Old 18th June 2007, 03:27 PM
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OK, the message is loud and clear. The Fedora 7 full release is available on in the DVD iso image. No DVD burner? Too bad.

Suggest that you correct http://docs.fedoraproject.org/readme...wnloading.html to eliminate the inconsistency.

Looks like my option is Fedora 6 for a full installation or "LIVE" Fedora 7 for amusement.

BTW, I read the FAQs before the post.

I'm gone from the Fedora forums.
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Old 18th June 2007, 03:46 PM
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OK, the message is loud and clear. The Fedora 7 full release is available on in the DVD iso image. No DVD burner? Too bad.

Suggest that you correct http://docs.fedoraproject.org/readme...wnloading.html to eliminate the inconsistency.

Looks like my option is Fedora 6 for a full installation or "LIVE" Fedora 7 for amusement.

BTW, I read the FAQs before the post.

I'm gone from the Fedora forums.
Fedora Live images are installable. The FAQ clearly says so. How is installable live images not suitable for you? The docs for burning ISO images need to be updated. There is already a tracker bug filed for that.
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