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Linux.com: FirstStep: Getting Started with Man Pages

Apr 07, 2001, 19:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Baker)

"One area that Linux excels in is free documentation. Some documentation formats have already been written about on Linux.com such as: HOW-TOs, Guides and FAQ's. In this introductory article we will delve into the world of Man Pages."

"Man Pages (short for manual pages) are a standard form of documentation found on most distributions of Linux and Unix. They are broken up into 9 sections as follows:
1. Executable Programs or shell commands
2. System Calls
3. Library Calls
4. Special Files
5. File Formats and Conventions
6. Games
7. Macro Packages
8. System Administration
9. Kernel Routines"

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