Deirdre Saoirse Moen
deirdre at deirdre.net
Sat Jun 30 10:56:01 PDT 2001
At 10:44 AM -0700 6/30/01, J C Lawrence wrote:
> > But you have to know what the terms are called in order to ask the
>> questions. At first, I had no idea *what* to ask. For example, why
>> is it obvious that I need a book on BIND if I want to set up DNS?
>> Why is it obvious that I edit a file called named.conf?
>I don't see this as a valid problem really. You're basically asking
>the following questions:
> I need to do FOO. What applications do FOO?
So, when a newbie comes on a list and says, "I need to do DNS" (in
some variant or another), invariably they're sent to a man page,
without specifying which page. Or, as in my case, kicked off the IRC
channel that was specifically FOR help.
> Okay, now I know that BAR does FOO, what is BAR's config file?
>Which on the face of it isn't that bad.
As long as there's some glue that gets one from point A to point B.
Which there isn't really, except for humans.
I'll never forget the tale of the junior sysadmin who, having figured
out it was BIND she was looking for, went looking for that term on
Altavista. Very few of the hits had to do with DNS....
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