[Techtalk] Freaking out (newbie letter)

David Merrill david at lupercalia.net
Tue Nov 6 01:58:43 EST 2001

On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 06:33:45PM -0500, Amanda C. Clift wrote:
> Maybe this is too much to ask for in as short an amount of time that I
> need it, but I need to know about Apache, setting up several Static IPs
> on one machine, and setting up web pages on these machines.  I'm
> supposed to be able to do this tomrorow night at work.  
> You see, I had never even touched a linux box until last week.  (We're
> using Mandrake at work, btw).  The person who was doing the unix/linux
> work quit, leaving a position open.  They are having me and the other
> night guy compete for the position, and giving us these little
> "assignments" for us to do.  This is my assignment.  
> Can someone help me with this?  I'd go buy a book, but I don't get off
> work until Midnight.  Grrrrr silly office..

What distribution are you running? There are various tools, either
console, x system or web based, to help with most of the
configuration. I doubt you'll find the multiple IP addresses in them,
but perhaps linuxconf handles that by now. It was certainly getting
pretty usable last time I looked at it.

It is very important when you start to work with Linux that you take
the time up front to read the documentation until you understand it
fairly well. If you stumble around looking for things, you're more
likely to cause damage than to get it right. Once you know it, it's
usually quite sensible -- just not obvious to the uninitiated.

And lastly, write down all the specific details of your installation.
Your question was pretty broad.

Dr. David C. Merrill                     http://www.lupercalia.net
Linux Documentation Project                   david at lupercalia.net
Collection Editor & Coordinator            http://www.linuxdoc.org

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