[lfs-support] Grub Questions (or how to waist yet ... even more ... precious electrons)

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 18:44:29 PDT 2012

Eleanore Boyd wrote:

> And besides that, you were once in his position, otherwise known as
> being a "n00b" in the gamer shorthand that has infested common English.
> For that matter, we all were, and possibly still are.

   There are generally three types of people who ask questions on the lists.

First, there are people who have some experience and just need some 
help in one area to overcome a particular issue.

Second, there are some who think they know a lot and deviate from the 
book and then challenge the book because what they did went wrong.

Third, there are those that really do not have sufficient experience 
with Linux in general.  Perhaps they try to build LFS without ever 
installing or using a distro like Fedora or SUsE or Ubuntu.

In the last two cases, they have often skipped the preface completely. 
Examples are 'Audience' and 'Host System Requirements'.

Not too long ago, one guy was quite upset because we didn't have a way 
for him to type 'makelfs' or equivalent and create the whole system, 
BLFS included.  That was an example of the third group.

A subset of the third group is those who ask a tremendous number of 
questions.  Sometimes the questions are quite reasonable, but it gets 
old when it becomes obvious they are asking questions without even 
trying to research an answer.

Let's take the recent thread "Boot message log location".  It was a 
reasonable question and Ken made a fairly long reply.  I suggested 
setting up an interactive boot, but I got a reply "That's optional, I 
don't want to do that."  I think the conversation went downhill from there.

We try to help most users, but sometimes it's hard.

   -- Bruce

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