Manuals or other information for system users detailing software features and functionality.

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if/then/else man page

I would like to know if there is any man page documenting the construction of the most basic script commands like if/then/else, while, for each, and all the relative switches, like -eq, -e, -ge, and ...
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Interactive command usage reference: do you generally have that on Unix?

The question of why some commands rely on manpages whereas others rely on something like the --help flag for providing command usage reference is not new. There is usually a difference in scope ...
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Is the Unix Programmers Manual relevant for Linux?

I've been looking for an all around Linux Programmers manual but there isn't one... So that leads me to ask if the Unix Programmers Manual is relevant for Linux? The manual is here: ...
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Extracting help message from script itself

I want that my help message be extracted from the script itself. #!/bin/bash # # foo - do things # Author: John Doe <jhon@doe> # ---------------------------------------------- # SYNOPSIS # ...
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How to create Info documentation?

How can I add man page entries for my own power tools? got me thinking: How would one create an Info page?
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Reading Ubuntu installed magazines

I installed a digital edition of a magazine from the Ubuntu Software Center. But how do I read it? Is there an accessory tool to access it?
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where does lspci gather its information from?

In kernel.org's documentation on proc I found "[The latest version of this document is available online". There I says: "… lspci is a synonym for cat /proc/pci". Which isn't the ...
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Where are the command-line options to perl documented?

On StackExchange I came across a command that looked like this: perl -pe ... Curious what the -pe options meant, I did man perl. This is the synopsis of that man page: perl [ -sTtuUWX ] [ ...
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Where do I find ioctl EVIOCGRAB documented?

I want to use the ioctl EVIOCGRAB function in a C based program, and from googling around I have found various bits of example source code that use the function, but I am struggling to find explicit ...
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Linux kernel API changes/additions

I'm trying to find a webpage or docs or XYZ that will allow me to see all the API changes/additions/removals between two kernel versions. I found http://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxChanges, but I'm not ...
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SDK for Developer

Is there any SDK for developers under Linux? I mean more than man pages, it would be more like MSDN Library or Windows SDK under windows, where all documentation about programming and developer guide ...
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What do square brackets in bash case statement mean?

http://ss64.com/bash/case.html SHOWS case word in [ [(] pattern [| pattern]...) command-list ;;]... esac What are square brackets indicating? Other websites omit them (i.e. no [[(] etc.) ...
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What does the `who` command result `root :0` mean?

The return value of command who will always include root :0 in X Window pts. I guess it actually means the GNOME login. Am I right? Another question is where to get this knowledge, as I don't see it ...
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What is the significance of the “1” in ls(1)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? I see functions referred to with numbers in the parenthesis in documentation. What does this mean? It takes one argument? ...
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In what section do descriptions of C data-structures go?

I read the following answer QA about what the various sections of the man-pages represent: What do the numbers in a man page mean? Upon reading it, I wasn't sure what section is for descriptions of C ...
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Where is using @ before a date string for seconds since the epoch documented?

GNU date and touch commands (and presumably others) use @date to define a date string as seconds since the epoch. For example: $ TZ=UTC date -d@10 Thu Jan 1 00:00:10 UTC 1970 I was answering a ...
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Is there html documentation finder/searcher, like info utility for info files?

Many packages have their documentation in html. Is there some sort of man or info utility to find locally installed html documentation and work with it? I mean, I need a program which would ...
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Filter --help command?

Sometimes I want to search/filter help for particular commands for keywords. history --help gives list of options, sometimes it's overwhelming how much info is there. Can I filter it for keywork ...
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Find command associated with configuration file

Let's say I didn't know what ~/.bashrc is for. Is there a command that would tell me what the file is/does? Other than googling for an answer. The man pages have a files section, maybe there is a way ...
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Force installation of doc packages

I often find myself missing documentation when I happen to be offline. For this reason, I would like to force aptitude to install the corresponding doc packages whenever I install a package. Is there ...
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Reference manuals for network configuration on Fedora/CentOS/RHEL?

Every time I need to configure a network interface on Fedora/CentOS/RHEL I need to access its online documentation to check which configs and values I should use in the ...
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Where can I find a list of USB error codes?

Every time I boot Debian, the boot log shows a bunch of xhci_hcd problems, and messages like usb 3-13: hub failed to enable device, error -22 usb 3-13: device descriptor read/8, error -61 I'm ...
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How to refresh file list in moc?

In moc (music on console), I want to refresh the file list, because I have renamed all files to lowercase and moc still shows uppercase for all files that begin with a number. The help command (h) ...
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Correct way to document variable length options in man pages

Sometimes I see usage information like some_utility [arg [arg [...]]] or some_utility [arg[, arg[...]]] that indicates that you can pass more than one of the same argument. I've also seen it ...
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Is there some kind of “patterns” when coding bash scripts? [closed]

In Java, we have Javadoc and some different styles when programming. In Python, there's pep8. I'm creating some bash scripts for my own use, and would like to know from you, experienced bash users, ...
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Look up documentation on C types?

I'm reading over documentation on concurrency in C and trying to learn how to do things concurrently. As I'm reading, I'm coming across types I've never come across before like tss_t, etc. Is there ...
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What does the “(8)” in fsck(8) mean?

*nix commands (and functions?) have a number with them, like fsck(8), killall(1), etc. What does the number mean?
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Is there any manual about C in Linux? If any, what is it?

While I find that we can read some manuals about Library calls (C library functions) & acsii in Linux. But I still do not find any manual about C precedence order so far. So you can recommend ...
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Differences between man pages

I often find myself reading man pages online instead of from the command line on my system. Part of the reason is because I find it easier to browse this information on a browser on the Internet than ...
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Is there a standard way of locating a package's config files?

Just curious if there is a standard way of locating where a package puts the config files for a program (assuming the documentation for the package doesn't include this information). The reason way I ...
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man pages: meaning of '2' in STAT(2)? [duplicate]

What's the significance of the number, like the 2 in STAT(2), seen in man pages? For example, man 2 stat yields a man page with STAT(2) at the top and a description that begins, The stat() ...
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How do I localize man pages for chinese?

Doing the prerequisite google search didn't turn up anything: I'm looking for a way to install and use localized chinese versions of the man pages (assuming there is some localized package somewhere). ...
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Where is the hash command documentation?

When I type man hash it shows me man builtin. I'm trying to understand this line: hash -r 2>/dev/null || true What hash -r does and what it returns. Context: export PATH="$PWD/bin:$PATH" hash ...
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How to install/make the kernel section 9 manpages which document its functions and data structures?

The kernel sources contain functions and data structures which are documented, for instance in panic.c: /** * panic - halt the system * @fmt: The text string to print * * Display a message, ...
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Looking for /procfs documentation, describing values and units of measurement

Surprisingly, comprehensive documentation for /procfs is hard to find. For my specific question, I am looking at: cat /proc/1/statm (let's use pid=1 because it seems to be always there). I just ran ...
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How are GNU documents in PDF formats created?

Some GNU software doesn't offer PDF files for its manual, e.g. http://www.gnu.org/software/findutils/manual/find.html Some does, and their PDF files have bookmarks/outlines, e.g. ...
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`man` pages for languages other than C (e.g, python, R, javascript, etc)?

man pages are a phenomenal resource while programming in C on Linux. While looking at someone else's code, if you see something foreign you can immediate research it in another terminal with $ man 3 ...
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Why there is no Linux Handbook?

Look e.g. onto the BSD's family: FreeBSD Handbook: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/developers-handbook/debugging.html OpenBSD FAQ, nearby FreeBSD's Handbook: ...
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Where can I find the user documentation for my old Freenas 0.7?

Every document links seem to have been replaced with the notice (to force me) to upgrade. I know that I am supposed to upgrade but I would like to get hands on the old FreenNAS 0.7 Khasadar user ...
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Reading the man pages in my system with hyperlinks on a browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to follow links in linux man pages? I can read man pages online, but they are not necessarily the same that I have installed on my system (i.e. for the same ...
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How can I get a help message for zsh builtin's?

If I want to get a brief usage message for a bash builtin, I can use help <builtin> at a command prompt, e.g. $ help export export: export [-fn] [name[=value] ...] or export -p Set export ...
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What is the difference between man and --help? [duplicate]

I used both command lines and displayed the same output
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Where is wpa-conf documented?

I use wpa-conf in /etc/network/interfaces to make the WLAN interface automatically connect to the AP: # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system # and how to activate them. ...
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How do I specify command invocation for a mandatory short or long option?

I'm writing a specification for a tool that needs a -f / --foo option with a mandatory argument BAR, so for example these are valid calls: tool -f BAR tool --foo BAR How do I specify this syntax in ...
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What editor can be used to provide highlighting for Mallard project files?

I normally switch between Geany, vim and Emacs (depending on my mood. LOL) when editing on a linux platform. Recently, I have begun exploring the Mallard Project, but have been unable to find the ...
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Write my own sound card driver [closed]

I would like to write my own sound card driver, in order to use my output jack as a PWM (to control a motor). When I run "lspci", the sound card is : Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 ...
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How do I convert the complete AMD64 Gentoo Handbook into a PDF from the command-line?

I have been writing shell scripts for converting the AMD64 Handbook of Gentoo Linux to PDF and this is my current shell script: function ghand { # Input 1 is the architecture # Input 2 is the ...
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Where are netstat's -t and -u flags documented?

I use the following command to find open ports on my servers: $ netstat -ntulp I've probably found that on some random website over the years. However, I cannot find where -t or -u are documented. ...
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How to get help for bash variables use from a command line?

Bash has some special or predefined variables, such as $? and $#. How to know the meaning of those variables use build in command instead of searching online web pages? I have try to use this: ...
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Windows Internals for Linux [closed]

I've recently been reading Windows Internals version 6 (from Microsoft Press), and found it thoroughly enjoyable. I'm now using Kubuntu on my work machine, and as such have some desire to learn a bit ...