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SUSE LINUX REFERENCE BOOK

SUSE LINUX REFERENCE BOOK

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System andReference Manual

LeahCunningham, Karl Eichwalder, Thomas Fehr, StefanFent, Werner Fink, Peter Findeisen,
Dennis Geider, Viviane Glanz, CarstenGro\u00df, RolandHaidl, Bj\u00f6rnJacke, RichardJelinek,
Hubert Mantel, Johannes Meixner, EdithParzefall, Peter P\u00f6ml, Peter Reinhart, Marc R\u00fchrschneck,
Thomas Schraitle, Klaus G. Wagner, ChristianZoz

SuSE Linux

SuSE Inc.
580 2ndStreet, #210
Oakland, CA94607
USA
Toll free phone number

withintheUSandCanada: 1-888-UR-LINUX(1-888-875-4689)
Phone.:
+1-510-628-3380
Fax.:
+1-510-628-3381
E-mail:

info@suse.com
orders@suse.com
webmaster@suse.com

WWW:
http://www.suse.com
Europe:

SuSELinuxLtd.
The Kinetic Centre
TheobaldStreet
Borehamwood, WD6 4PJ UK
Phone.:

+44-20-8387-4088
Fax:
+44-20-8387-4010
http://www.suse.co.uk

SuSEGmbH
Schanz\u00e4ckerstr. 10
D-90443N\u00fcrnberg
Germany

Tel.:
+49-911-740-5331
Fax.:
+49-911-741 77 55
E-mail:
suse@suse.de
WWW:
http://www.suse.de

Leah Cunningham, Karl Eichwalder, Thomas Fehr, Stefan Fent, Werner Fink, Peter Findeisen,
Dennis Geider, Viviane Glanz, Carsten Gro\u00df, Roland Haidl, Bj\u00f6rn Jacke, Richard Jelinek,
Hubert Mantel, Johannes Meixner, Edith Parzefall, Peter P\u00f6ml, Peter Reinhart, Marc R\u00fchrschneck,
Thomas Schraitle, Klaus G. Wagner, Christian Zoz

SuSELinux
System andReference Manual
2nd revised edition2001
SuSEGmbH

Copyright
This work is copyrightedbySuSEGmbH.
You maycopy it inwhole or in part as long as the copies retain this copyright

statement.
Layout: LATEX
EnglishTranslation andEditing: Rebecca Ellis, Marc R\u00fchrschneck
Design: Manuela Piotrowski
Graphics: Rolf Vogt
Linuxis a registeredtrademarkof Linus Torvalds. XFree86 \u2122is a registered
trademarkofThe XFree86 Project, Inc. MS-DOS,Windows,Windows 95,
Windows 98, and Windows NTare registeredtrademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
UNIXis a registeredtrademarkof X/Open Company Limited. Other trademarks and
registeredtrademarks are:Clipper ofComputer Associates,dBASE ofBorland,
Foxbaseof Microsoft, Compuserve, T-Onlineof Deutsche Telekom, SuSEandYaST

ofSuSE GmbH . All trade names are used without the guarantee for their free use
and are possibly registeredtrade marks. SuSEGmbH essentiallyfollows the
notations of the manufacturers. Other products mentioned in this manual may be
trademarks of the respective manufacturer.

Contents
Contents
1 Introduction
1

1.1 Whatis\u201cLinux\u201d?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1.2 Purpose of this Book\u2014 Notes onUsage. . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1.3 TypographicalConventions\u2014WhatDoes\u201cearth:\u02dc #ls\u201dMean3 1.4 Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

2 Your First SuSE Linux Installation
7

2.1 InstallationwiththeText-BasedYaST(YaST1). . . . . . . . .7 2.1.1 Starting: The Welcome Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 2.1.2 TheBasics:linuxrc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 2.1.3 InstallationwithYaST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 2.1.4 PartitioningandFormattingtheHardDisk. . . . . . . .13 2.1.5 InstallationofSoftwarePackages. . . . . . . . . . . .15 2.1.6 Selection of the Base Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 2.1.7 InstallingSystemSoftwareandPrograms. . . . . . . .17 2.1.8 Selecting a Kernel for the System. . . . . . . . . . . .18 2.1.9 BaseSystemCon\ufb01gurationwithYaST. . . . . . . . . .19 2.1.10 Logging inAfter Your First Installation. . . . . . . . .22 2.1.11 ShuttingDown andBootingthe System. . . . . . . . .23

2.2 StartingSuSELinux. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

2.3 SpecialInstallations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 2.3.1 InstallationWithoutaSupportedCD-ROMDrive. . . .26 2.3.2 Automatic Installation andCon\ufb01guration of SuSELinux27

2.4 TipsandTricks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 2.4.1 CreatingSpaceforLinux(Partitioning). . . . . . . . .28 2.4.2 BootingfromDisk(SYSLINUX). . . . . . . . . . . .31 2.4.3 BootingwithCD2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 2.4.4 Creating a Boot DiskInDOS. . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 2.4.5 Creating a Boot DiskwithUNIX. . . . . . . . . . . . .33 2.4.6 DoesLinuxSupportmyCD-ROM?. . . . . . . . . . .34 2.4.7 ATAPI CD-ROM Hangs While Reading. . . . . . . . .34 2.4.8 Problems withCD-ROM Drives on Parallel Port. . . .35

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