We all know "RTFM"; the world would be a better place if we all lived with that rule.
Now, what can you do when there is little, no, or outdated documentation?
I have always been a "do it yourself" type of guy. This requires quite some reading (yes, I know, the reading usually comes after a few hours of wasted time just diving into whatever project you face, failing up to the point where frustration drives us to that beautiful B&W manual). You learn along the way, you get smarter and more knowledgeable reading and working.
On my most recent Linux adventure I have hit my head against a wall. I won't disclose too much (I don't want to get myself into trouble!), but the struggle has been hard and demanding. Although I never studied programming (at a University that is), I can find my way around code in various languages. Thus, after playing around for hours and hours with "my problem" I decided I should go out and try to tweak some code... funny thing is, when I searched for documentation on what does what I found nothing, zero, zip, nada. There are a couple of FAQs, a couple of quite desolated forums and a couple of deprecated how-tos.... most of them dating back to 2004 (which in computers seems like the dark ages).
For the first time on quite a long time I'm clueless. I have tried out every smart move and configuration, and a couple of stupid ones as well. I missed the sot every time.
I won't give up on this, it has become personal. Yet... I need to pinpoint what the issue is, something that has evaded me so far.
I'll update you upon my success or my shameful failure...
Oh, and "WTFM" stands for "Where's The F***ing Manual"