One of the best ways to solve a computing problem is to use Google, ddg, or whatever is your favourite search method , to find information from others who have had the same problem.
Search engines use keywords. Some experience in choosing the right keywords can make a big difference to the outcome of your search.
I have learnt few simple things, and would like to share them here.
Perhaps others would like to add something from their experiences.
the search criterion should be a small number of carefully chosen words… not an English sentence
the order of the keywords is important. Google gives most importance to the first word in the list. If you are not getting the right emphasis, try reordering the keywords
words that restrict the search to your area are vital. I almost always make ‘Linux’ one of the keywords.
if your first try is not productive, try substituting one of the keywords with another term with the same meaning.
I am sure most of you know the above.
It is , however, not aways easy to find something on a very specific issue.
If you have something to add to,this simple list, it may be helpful
I’ve always had much better luck by searching. Knowing nothing about Linux five years ago, I learned more about it online then reading books or joining forums, found all the answers I needed to fix things and enjoy it more. I still don’t know a lot, but enough to take care of my distro, what else could I ask for???
Great advise by Neville!!!
LIke so: !se ubuntu looks for the searchword “ubuntu” on the stackexchange.
That´s helpful if you want to restrict your search to a specific website.
Right now there are 13,563 bangs available. Of course one would have to make use of the search field to see if your favourite site is supported.
Starting a search with LINUX or UBUNTU or BASH really does help. I find copying and pasting the exact error message from a Python script or something like that usually gets good results too. Surrounding with double quotes helps with that sometimes. You may want to exclude some personal information from that error message to keep a server name or IP or username private.