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Old 10-25-2014, 04:07 AM   #1
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Smile Is there a single access point within the total Linux world, for a list of valid commands


No, I'm not someone who enjoys reading dictionaries. But as a naive newbie, I find that answers to queries, (within Linux forums) often refer to other commands, which in turn expose more underlying references.
Tutorials don't always cover these topics. Many thanks to anyone who could point me in the right direction.

Last edited by mikef22; 10-25-2014 at 04:19 AM. Reason: I found answer in LinuxWiki...Thanks to anyone who may thought of replying
 
Old 10-25-2014, 04:20 AM   #2
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Thanks....I found answer in LinuxWiki
 
Old 10-25-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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Is there a single access point within the total Linux world, for a list of valid commands
well, that is surely something i would like to have on my list of bookmarks.

linuxwiki.info looks nice, but if you have to know the command you're searching for, why not use "man" instead?
also there doesn't seem to be much content in that wiki.
 
Old 10-25-2014, 11:38 AM   #4
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You might like to bookmark this site
http://linux.die.net/
Try the search feature for something like "speakers" and see how much you get: not just the man pages. Check the dates on the how-tos, though: some are a bit past their sell-by date.
 
Old 10-25-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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For a list of all commands present on your system by folder
Code:
ls ${PATH//:/ } > commands.txt
Browse through commands.txt, look at the man pages for the ones you wish.
Code:
man xterm
There are also help pages, enter help in shell to see.
Code:
help cd
Or you could make a script to automate that. Something like:

manlook.sh
Code:
#! /usr/bin/env bash

if [ ! -e commands.txt ]; then
	ls ${PATH//:/ } > commands.txt
fi

clear
xterm -e nano commands.txt &
while :; do
	read -p "What man page do you want to look at? q to exit man page:  " mpage
	xterm -e man $mpage
done
Save the script as manlook.sh, make it executable, run it. If you don't use nano then use what you wish.

You can also extract a man page to a nice .pdf file
Code:
man -t ls | ps2pdf - ls.pdf
 
Old 10-25-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
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Code:
man man
 
Old 10-25-2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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Just so you know....

There will never be a comprehensive dictionary of all possible commands available under Linux, because that is an ill defined target. Linux is a Kernel that is the base of every Linux Distribution, but it has (in the general and informal sense) no commands. Not in the way you appear to mean the term.

A Linux distribution is the kernel, a set of boot utilities, a set of user space and administration utilities, and (generally at least) one or more shells. The problem is that there are multiple shells with different sets of commands and different syntax requirements, and different sets and mixes of ALL of the utilities, and they all are changing and developing almost daily!

So, you are aimed at an ill defined target, that is growing and moving faster than you can shift fire.

Pick a better target: pick one version of one distribution with a single shell and just the utilities YOU need to use and work on that. This is a target you can hit, a goal you can (for a short time, at least) master. The problem is, unless someone else out there has exactly the same distro, applicastion and utility mix, and usage profile, you are not going to find that someone has already done all of the work for you.

That said, you can get a great jump start by checking the Linux Bible, online wiki pages covering your shell of choice, and the volume of "HOW-TO" documents available. Between those and the man pages (mentioned above) you have access to the right information. Have fun!

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Old 10-27-2014, 02:41 PM   #8
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^ in a word, the above just confirms: use man!

man also has inbuilt search function, with e.g. "man -k <searchterm>" or "apropos <searchterm>".
 
Old 10-27-2014, 03:06 PM   #9
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There might be a script somewhere that does what you want...
 
  


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