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.
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.
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
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.
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.