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UnixInsider: Unix 101: Just the FAQs - Online resources for Unix users

Jan 28, 2001, 15:46 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mo Budlong)

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"Where do you go when you need quick Unix advice, and you're nowhere near your man pages? Now you can find them online at a variety of Websites, some of which are hyperlinked to make finding an answer even quicker. In this month's Unix 101, Mo Budlong offers a list of the online man pages that he uses as well as resources for FAQs and how-tos."

"But there are two good reasons to use the online pages. First, the hypertext versions of man pages are very convenient. It's very easy to hop from one entry to the next with a click."

"The second reason is even more important: having data available when you need it. I'm currently working for a very large corporation that has several Unix boxes. None of those boxes have the man pages loaded. I've inquired about that several times and cannot find anyone with an answer. The system administrators reply that they've never had man pages and don't know who to ask to get approval to add them."

"I'm expected to develop several shell scripts and C++ programs on those boxes, and I've learned to bless the availability of the online man pages, although they're not the friendliest approach to Unix. They're notorious for being the product of cryptic geekdom at its worst. Aside from being obnoxious, they rarely provide examples. Or they provide examples that are completely useless."

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