2.10. Miscellaneous

The YaST Control Center has several modules that cannot easily be classified into the first six module groups. They can be used for things like viewing log files and installing drivers from a vendor CD.

2.10.1. Support Query

Miscellaneous+Support Query offers the possibility to collect all system information needed by the support team to find your problem so you can get help to solve it as soon is possible. Regarding your query, select the problem category in the following window. When all information is gathered, attach it to your support request.

2.10.2. Release Notes

The release notes are an important source about installation, update, configuration, and technical issues. The release notes are continuously updated and published through online update. Use Miscellaneous+Release Notes to view the release notes.

2.10.3. Start-Up Log

View information concerning the start-up of the computer in Miscellaneous+View Start-Up Log. This is one of the first places you might want to look when encountering problems with the system or when troubleshooting. It shows the boot log /var/log/boot.msg, which contains the screen messages displayed when the computer starts. Viewing the log can help determine if the computer started properly and if all services and functions were started correctly.

2.10.4. System Log

Use Miscellaneous+View System Log to view the system log that keeps track of the operations of your computer in var/log/messages. Kernel messages, sorted according to date and time, are also recorded here. View the status of certain system components using the box at the top. The following options are possible from the system log and boot log modules:

/var/log/messages

This is the general system log file. Here, view kernel messages, users logging in as root, and other useful information.

/proc/cpuinfo

This displays processor information, including its type, make, model, and performance.

/proc/dma

This shows which DMA channels are currently being used.

/proc/interrupts

This shows which interrupts are in use and how many of each have been in use.

/proc/iomem

This displays the status of input/output memory.

/proc/ioports

This shows which I/O ports are in use at the moment.

/proc/meminfo

This displays memory status.

/proc/modules

This displays the individual modules.

/proc/mounts

This displays devices currently mounted.

/proc/partitions

This shows the partitioning of all hard disks.

/proc/version

This displays the current version of Linux.

/var/log/YaST2/y2log

This displays all YaST log messages.

/var/log/boot.msg

This displays information concerning the start-up of the system.

/var/log/faillog

This displays login failures.

/var/log/warn

This displays all system warnings.

2.10.5. Vendor Driver CD

Install device drivers from a Linux driver CD that contains drivers for SUSE Linux with Miscellaneous+Vendor Driver CD. When installing SUSE Linux from scratch, use this YaST module to load the required drivers from the vendor CD after the installation.