Is google search spoiling us?

In most cases google search is of immense help. Now days, when you need bit of help, I tend to rely on google search instead of asking a colleague in the next cube. I kind of wasted an hour today in trying to fix a problem by relying on google search.

One of my colleague's xserver on RHLis not starting at boot time and we kind of thought let us fix it. First thing we did was a google search.

First search result told us to try copying "/etc/X11/XF86Config.backup" to "/etc/X11/XF86Config" and try restaring xserver. This did not help us.

Then we tried couple more suggestions and they didn't help too. Then we had a look at the xserver log "XFree86.0.log" and found out that xserver in not started because it couldn't find "fixed" font which is necessary for xserver to start.

So, we have some information and went ahead for another google search. This time it told us to find if "fixed" font is infact installed on the system. We used "fslsfonts" command to see if the fixed font is installed or not? We realized that font server service is not running. We tried restarting etc. and nothing helped.

At this time fortunately we didn't go for another google search. We ran "df -k". Guess what, file system is 100% full. Finally some relief!!!

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