The CTDP Linux Startup Manual Version 0.5.0 June 5, 2000

Introduction

To understand how linux starts you should first learn about the operation of your shell and script programming at least to some extent.

Learning about how the system starts up will greatly enhance a person's knowledge of Linux. You will learn more about how the system operates, including the operation of the shell and script files along with gaining familiarity with such things as system logging and kernel logging. You will also learn what files are used to configure the system, where they are stored and how they are used. This will better enable system administrators to configure their systems. I wrote this document because I found in-depth documentation of how the system starts and gets configured hard to find. I wrote this as I analyzed the system, for my own use and to enable others to learn the system quicker.