[conspire] Setting Up Partitions for LFS

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Tue Mar 25 06:52:34 PDT 2008

Breen Mullins:
> But I'd start with a stock distro system - Fedora, Ubuntu, you name it.
> And spend some time really understanding that one. Read the initscripts. 
> All of them. Then read the config files in /etc, and the stuff in 
> /usr/doc. You'll be surprised at how many times you say "I didn't know 
> _that_ was in there!".

I recall Rick telling me of something similar he did about 15 years ago:
he basically ran "man /usr/man/*/*" (which today would be
/usr/share/man/*/*) and over the course of a few months skim-read every
manual page on the system.  You glaze past a lot of information without
context (and I guess actually you'd have to be a C programmer to enjoy
sections 2 and 3 at least), but he said he tucked away a lot of little
facts that came in handy later.

I think you'll find mousing through /usr/share/doc to be more rewarding,
these days, as that starts with higher-level per-package documentation
on most systems.  If you're curious about a package's individual
commands you can always run "apropos <packagename>" and that may turn up
the names of manual pages associated with the package.

"If you carefully examine the intercal package (which       Nick Moffitt
was not available for a month despite emails about it      nick at zork.net
being a 404), you will discover that . is in ESR's
PATH."   -- Joey Hess

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