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tutorials:findinghelp [2011/04/30 13:08]
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tutorials:findinghelp [2011/04/30 13:09]
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 Where can you find them? It's pretty simple. Think of a command. (ls, rm, chmod, kill, grep) or a program (vi, mutt, snarf, majordomo) So go ahead, type Where can you find them? It's pretty simple. Think of a command. (ls, rm, chmod, kill, grep) or a program (vi, mutt, snarf, majordomo) So go ahead, type
  
-"​% ​man //command//"+  * man //command//
  
 command being the name of the command you want to learn about. As you can see, manpages are broken down into sections. We'll use mkdir as an example. command being the name of the command you want to learn about. As you can see, manpages are broken down into sections. We'll use mkdir as an example.
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 In some cases, the same topic will appear on more than one section of the manual. For example, there is a chmod user command and a chmod() system call. How would you find the appropriate manpage? You can tell man which section you'd like to look under. If you wanted to find the user command you would type: In some cases, the same topic will appear on more than one section of the manual. For example, there is a chmod user command and a chmod() system call. How would you find the appropriate manpage? You can tell man which section you'd like to look under. If you wanted to find the user command you would type:
  
-"​% ​man 1 chmod"+  * man 1 chmod
  
 This would display the manpage for the user command chmod. References to the specific sections are traditionally placed in parenthesis after the command name like so: chmod(1) This would display the manpage for the user command chmod. References to the specific sections are traditionally placed in parenthesis after the command name like so: chmod(1)
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 Well, this is all fine and good if you know the name of the command, but what if you can't remember the name? 'man -k' can be used to search for keywords in the command descriptions. So, if you want to find a mail program you would type: Well, this is all fine and good if you know the name of the command, but what if you can't remember the name? 'man -k' can be used to search for keywords in the command descriptions. So, if you want to find a mail program you would type:
  
-"​% ​man -k editor"+  * man -k editor
  
 A list of commands with the keyword "​editor"​ in their descriptions will be presented on the screen. A list of commands with the keyword "​editor"​ in their descriptions will be presented on the screen.
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 helpThe SDF help system.faqA collection of frequently asked questions. Type 'g ' to enter a topic, '​l'​ to list the questions in the topic, and 't ' to read the FAQ. The FAQ is also available [[faq|on the SDF website]].helpdeskIf you cannot find your answer in the man pages, help, faq, or googling post a question to the helpdesk and a friendly member of the community will answer your question. Any member with ARPA status can login as an attendent to answer questions. Please note: in helpdesk you should only post questions directly related to SDF's systems, but not about general UNIX, programming or gardening - these belong to the bboard!bboardcomCom and bboard are meeting places for the SDF community. You could also pose your question there. Bboard and faq have the same interface. See [[tutorials/​comnotirc|COM is not IRC]] for how to use com. helpThe SDF help system.faqA collection of frequently asked questions. Type 'g ' to enter a topic, '​l'​ to list the questions in the topic, and 't ' to read the FAQ. The FAQ is also available [[faq|on the SDF website]].helpdeskIf you cannot find your answer in the man pages, help, faq, or googling post a question to the helpdesk and a friendly member of the community will answer your question. Any member with ARPA status can login as an attendent to answer questions. Please note: in helpdesk you should only post questions directly related to SDF's systems, but not about general UNIX, programming or gardening - these belong to the bboard!bboardcomCom and bboard are meeting places for the SDF community. You could also pose your question there. Bboard and faq have the same interface. See [[tutorials/​comnotirc|COM is not IRC]] for how to use com.
  
-And of course there are the online tutorials that you are reading right now! The top level page is http://​sdf.lonestar.org/​index.cgi?​tutorials.+And of course there are the online tutorials that you are reading right now! The top level page is [[tutorials:tutorials]].