Appendix A. Troubleshooting

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Log files
Common problems:
Lost root password:
Troubleshooting LILO:

Log files

If you encounter problems with a running system, always remember to check the log files in /var/log first. Usually, very valuable information will be logged here, which will hopefully allow you to more easily debug any problems that you might come across.

It's usually a good idea to have at least one window open with a tail -f /var/log/messages command running at all times. This means that you'll be able to very quickly spot any problems as they arise.