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  1. Agustin's Linux Manual
  2. System Administration
  3. About the Author
  4. Contents
  5. Administration
  6. Terminals
  7. Command Basics
  8. Root Directory
  9. Executing Commands
  10. File specs
  11. File Permission
  12. How permissions are assigned
  13. Change ownership chown
  14. Running multiple commands
  15. Killing Processes
  16. Bash configuration files
  17. VI Editor
  18. Creating path environment
  19. Midnight Commander
  20. Linuxconf Utility
  21. Networking
  22. Domain Name Service DNS
  23. Router and Gateway
  24. Adding Users
  25. User Accounts
  26. Managing Groups
  27. Mounting File System
  28. NFS Mounts
  29. Disk Quotas
  30. Run levels
  31. Linuxconf Control
  32. Mandrake Control Center
  33. Creating a Boot Disk
  34. Switching Boot Mode
  35. Hardware Configurations
  36. Printer Configuration
  37. Installing Printers
  38. Samba Printer
  39. Managing services
  40. Managing Users
  41. Program Scheduler
  42. Software Management
  43. Installing CUPS

The Linuxconf Control

The control panel has several options that are very useful; you probably will not be using everything. A lot of the tasks can still be accomplished manually.

All will depend on your abilities, sometimes it is much faster to execute a command line than to load x windows and execute Linuxconf graphically or execute linuxconf under text mode.

Control Panel
Fig. 3.32

Activate configuration: The first option in this menu. This let's you save all the changes you made in the Linuxconf without exiting.

Shutdown reboot: This option will let you set a timer in minutes for shutdown.

Controlling services

Control service activity: This is probably one of the most frequently used options in this panel. Many activities from this panel can be done through command line. By clicking on the Control service activity, you will be presented a panel with all the current services in the system. Some are already running and some you have to activate or stop.

Control panel => control service activity => select the service module => select run level

Service named
Fig. 3.33

Look at the previous picture, I have selected named (the DNS server)

This server will be activated automatically at start up, and it will be running at level 3 multi users / full network. I can even start the server from this panel by clicking the start button at the bottom.

When I accept the changes, and quit Linuxconf, the next time I will restart the system the named server will run automatically. (This is done only if the service is not run at start upů)

Note. All other services are treated the same way. To learn more about services read chapter 10 Security.

Linuxconf Module management

In this panel the only option that I really use is modules.

Linuxconf management
Fig. 3.34

Here you can add new modules to Linuxconf.
Each time you open Linuxconf the model will load and will be available to use. It won't hurt if you load new modules here even if you will not use it, but why would you add modules that you will not use?

At this point you already learned how to use Linuxconf; it is a good practice if you want to play with the new modules. In the server section I will teach you how to manipulate them manually.

Note. If you happen to encounter errors when you try to use an administration tool; errors such gtmp is locked or present it is because you probably have two administration tools open. Check on all virtual terminals and graphical interface. Close all opened administration tools and erase the file mentioned in the error message (gtmp, ptmp) in /etc.