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Linux.com: Setting Up Networking in Slackware Linux

Dec 02, 2000, 20:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Travis Tilley)

"The program that sets up your networking scripts under Slackware is called netconfig. In order to use this program, you must be logged in under the user root. The command that allows you to switch to a superuser (a common name for the root user) is called su. If you're in console, type su and hit enter. If you're in X, open up your favorite terminal emulator first. The su program will now ask for a password. Enter the root password, hit enter, and you should now see a # instead of a $ at the prompt. Now that we're root, we can get to work, so type in netconfig and hit enter."

"First, netconfig will ask you for a hostname and a domain name. Your hostname is the name by which your network sees your individual computer, and the domain name is the name you want to give your network. Anything will do, and I encourage you to have fun with it."

"After setting up a hostname and domain name, you will be asked whether you want to configure a loopback only system, a DHCP system, or a static IP. You want to choose only static IP if you have been assigned one by your systems administrator or internet service provider or if you are setting up a network yourself. ... If your network uses DHCP to assign computers dynamic IPs, you will want to choose that option."

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