The CTDP Linux User's Guide Version 0.6.2 November 6, 2000
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Refer to the "Linux Help" section of this document for a complete description of available help. You should be aware that there are many available detailed Linux howtos that document various subjects based on the function or program users may be performing or using. The Linux Documentation Project or Metalab's Index of Linux publications will have copies if these howtos. You may access the howtos from one of the weblinks listed in the Linux websites section. From the Linux Section, click on "Weblinks", then "Documentation" and you will see these weblinks. Also the howto files are likely to be located on your system in the /usr/doc/HOWTO directory.
This documentation is not meant as a replacement for the Linux Howtos or other Linux documentation but a complement to them by giving an overview of what must be done. Much of this documentation will not only explain required instructions, but why a certain set of instructions is performed in order to enhance the reader's understanding.
This Linux documentation revolves around the Redhat 6.x series of Linux. Although it is written with the Redhat version of Linux in mind, much of the documentation and associated instructions will work for many versions of Linux. This documentation attempts not only to explain methodologies for accomplishing goals such as setting up various services, but gives fundamentals on how the various services and the operating system itself works.
Much of the problem with learning Linux is that there are so many available commands and tools along with a variety of ways to accomplish each task. The main goal of this documentation is to help the reader more quickly discover what those tools and commands are and thereby learn faster. This is done by categorizing capabilities into various sections which describe various operating system functions. This document attempts to give examples and reasonably full explanations about the various tools involved, but more emphasis has been placed on having a reasonable listing of tools. As this documentation is upgraded, where it is helpful, additional examples and explanations will be added. One of the greatest problems in writing this documentation is that many functional areas run over into other functional areas. For instance filesystems and user quotas both deal with filesystems. Therefore some information may be repeated in various sections or documents in order to avoid the necessity of looking in many areas for complete information.
Planned improvements include the sections:
This documentation is designed to be an excellent reference manual and learning tool. It is designed to eliminate extra reading by being as brief as possible while giving the reader enough detail to fully grasp each concept. The users of this documentation will save much time both in learning the subjects and in using this document as a handy reference. The documentation is logically organized to better enable the reader to learn various sections. This document, although is a good reference document by itself, is designed to best be used with the following series of documents in order to better enable the user to more fully understand the overall concepts involved. This document is free as a contribution to the Linux community.