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Where to Get Help

Getting timely help can mean the difference between ending in tears and getting on with whats important in your world. This topic is broken down to give you a means of where and how to get the help that siduction provides as a distribution.

The siduction forums

The siduction forums offer a place to post questions, and receive answers to those questions, please do search the forums before you post, as others may have already asked the very same question.The forums are in German and English.

The siduction Wiki

The siduction Wiki is free to use and edit by and for all siduction users.

We hope for contributions from Linux users of all knowledge levels, since this wiki is intended to help users of all levels. The few minutes you donate to our wiki can save other users (and maybe yourself) in need of solutions, hours of trouble and searching. The Wiki.

IRC interactive live help

IRC Behaviour Protocols

Never IRC as 'root" .. you are welcome to IRC chat as user, never as root: if you are in trouble, say so immediately.

Getting on to #siduction

Click the siduction-irc icon on the desktop, or using another chat client

Konversation

The easiest way is to click the siduction-irc icon on the desktop or use the Kmenu as konverstion preconfigured.

Should you prefer another chat client, you need to set the server choice to:

irc.oftc.net
port 6667

!paste

siduction-paste

siduction-paste will allow you to paste the output of files from the terminal and tty, therefore it is ideal if you are in trouble in init 3. siduction-paste uses http://paste.siduction.org as the link

You can be either user or root to enable siduction paste, however note that some requests for output requires root access.

siduction-paste FILE|COMMAND
or
COMMAND | siduction-paste
Example of siduction-paste <file>
siduction-paste /etc/fstab
Your paste can be seen here: http://paste.siduction.org/xyz.html

The link http://paste.siduction.org/n8miQp85.html is what you need to provide to #siduction on IRC

Example of command | siduction-paste
fdisk -l | siduction-paste
Your paste can be seen here:http://paste.siduction.org/xyz.html

The link http://paste.siduction.org/xyz.html is what you need to provide to #siduction on IRC

You can also take screenshots and paste them in one run.

siduction-paste -s

You have a few seconds to move to the object to be screenshooted. Please mind that scrot has to be installed for this feature to work

Tools to know in text mode (tty) and init 3

Usually you are in text mode/init 3 because you are going to do a dist-upgrade (or something terrible has gone wrong with your system)

gpm

A good tool to have whilst in text mode is gpm . This will allow you to use your mouse to copy and paste between terminals/konsoles.

gpm is preconfigured in siduction, otherwise do:

gpm -t imps2 -m /dev/input/mice

Ensure that /etc/gpm.conf is present

/etc/init.d/gpm restart

Now you are able to have a mouse in text mode (tty)

File browsing and text editing

Midnight Commander is a text-mode (tty) full-screen file manager and text editor installed by default and is not complex to use.

Apart from the normal keyboard commands it also responds to mouse clicks for navigation because of gpm.

mc brings up the file system while mcedit brings up a blank file or you can go directly to a file.

Example to go directly to a file:

mcedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list

You can now edit the file to change parameters and save the alteration to have immediate effect.

Read:

man mc

Accessing irc #siduction support while in text mode

IRC Behaviour Protocols

Never IRC as 'root" .. you are welcome to IRC chat as user, never as root: if you are in trouble, say so immediately.

IRC in text mode and/or init 3

The default in siduction is weechat.

When in init 3, you can switch to another terminal/konsole by:

# CTRL-ALT-F2
$ siductionbox login:  <username> <password> (not as root user)
then type
$ siduction-irc (this brings up weechat)

or if you have installed another client like weechat:

# CTRL-ALT-F2
$ siductionbox login:  <username> <password> (not as root user)
then type
$ weechat-curses

Now connect to irc.oftc.net on port 6667. Once connected, change your nickname:

/nick username_of_choice

To join the siduction channel:

/join #siduction

If you wish to connect to another server:

/server server.name

In the bottom bar, you will see numbers appear if there is activity in the channels, to switch to that channel, ALT-1 ALT-2 ALT-3 ALT-4 etc....

To leave,

/exit

If you are doing a dist-upgrade, for example, to check on the progress

to return to the d-u for example
$ CTRL-ALT-F1
then to return back to irc
# CTRL-ALT-F2

WeeChat documentation

Web browsing in text mode and/or init 3

wm3 and/or elinks will allow you to web browse in terminal/konsole or text mode and/or init 3

Check that w3m or elinks is installed, otherwise do:

apt-get update
apt-get install w3m elinks

As an example, to access w3m open a terminal/konsole:

$w3m URL
or
w3m ?
or
w3m siduction.org

If you have a black looking screen with instructions at the bottom,, do not panic, use this key combination

SHIFT+U

You will then see that it opens to your local disk something like Goto URL: file:///home/username/$ , just backspace till at GOTO URL and type in. for example:

http://siduction.org

You can now surf to siduction.org or any other site of your choosing

Or when in init 3:

# CTRL-ALT-F2
$ siductionbox login:  <username> <password> (not as root user)
then type
$ w3m siduction.org
To go back to the d-u for example
$ CTRL-ALT-F1

To go straight to the manual

$w3m manual.siduction.org

w3m home page

It is advisable to familiarise yourself with using elinks/w3m, weechat/weechat and midnight commander before an emergency happens, if one should occur. This would be a good page to print out as a reference on how to get online help in such emergencies.

inxi

inxi is a system information script, that is independent of a particular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client. The system information script can display all kinds of things about your hardware and software to people in the channel, so they can help you diagnose problems, ... or just marvel at your system specs and kernel version, in your own time via the konsole.

To use the inxi script in Konversation type into the chat box:

/cmd inxi -v1

To use the inxi script in other clients type into the chat box:

/exec -o inxi -v1
or
/inxi -v1
or
/shell -o inxi -v1 (weechat)

In a konsole type:

inxi -v1

inxi help:

inxi --help
Content last revised 08/01/2012 1800 UTC