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: http://cm.bell-labs.com/7thEdMan/v7vol1.pdf

  • I'd say "no", not so much because unix and linux may be doing things differently, but because a programming manual more than 30 years old is almost certainly going to be obsolete. Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 11:57
  • that link is dead.
    – john-jones
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 14:02

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The Unix Programmers Manual you linked to is probably mostly relevant for Linux also. However, that manual was published in 1979. Things have changed since then in all descendants of the original Unix.


This is the collection of man pages for an antique version of Unix. There is little point in reading that: it is of historical interest only. Man page collection exist for your current version of Unix. You can read a man page with the man command, or in various online databases (Ubuntu, FreeBSD, etc.).

Don't try to read all the man pages. I have about 23000 man pages installed on my home computer… Man pages are reference documents, to be consulted when you need to know about one specific command or function. They are often incomprehensible if you don't know anything about that part of the system.

If you want to learn programming from a book, what you need is a book written to teach Unix programming. Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment (APUE) is a classic; there are many others.

  • APUE is a good read. Seconded.
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 10:40

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