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Old 05-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by brianL View Post
This is a good book, either downloadable as a .pdf or buyable in real paper: The Linux Command Line.
Plenty of examples.
Thanks for the link. Jesse Smith gave a very positive review of this book a while back on Distrowatch:
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As a quick look, try "man man", which explains (rather tersely) what the syntax is on reading man pages.
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As mentioned, the man pages are only meant to be quick references. But many commands also have info pages that go into much more detail, and often useful examples. Check out the gnu coreutils in particular, which includes rm. (info coreutils for the whole lot, and info <command> for the individual entries.)
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I always found the info interface difficult. Could never remember how to navigate through info pages. However, using pinfo ( provides an easy and intuitive interface, as well as being able to fall back to man pages if an info file isn't found.

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