Finding Linux Answers
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Goals for this topic:
The following programs/files/directories will be discussed for this
- Understand how to use man pages
- Develop a collection of Linux resources
- Start to learn how to troubleshoot Linux questions
and develop methods for tracking down answers
- man -k vs man -K
- man -s 5 man (on Linux skip the -s) vs. man man
What are the different sections of man pages for?
What 5 letters of the alphabet are NOT used as options for ls?
Name 3 commands that mention printing in their man pages.
How are the following resources helpful?
- built in help (info, web pages)
- configuration files (try less /etc/inittab for one example)
- source code files (very rare unless you are a kernel developer)
- usenet news groups (comp.os.linux.*)
- OS distributer's home page?
- How-to pages
- Search Engines
- Specialized web sites
- Other System Admins
- Friends who use the same OS
|Activities & Assignments
- Search the web for an article about UNIX being a Hoax
- Read the comp.os.linux.security group and find an article that
discusses how their machine was attacked
- Find the wireless How-to page
- man page sections
- Also the linux "info" command at the command line
- The "help" utility in the Linux GUI (accesses info, man etc.)
- The /usr/share/doc directory
- And the source files in /usr/src/linux-* (especially for help with
- Some good sub categories for the comp.os.linux newsgroups are
- Search Engines (Google, duckduckgo etc)
- OS specific sites (CentOS.org, redhat ubuntu etc)
- Phoenix Linux Users Group (PLUG)
- Also the linux How-to's, and other resource pages on our Linux SA homepage