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Old 11-03-2004, 07:08 PM   #1
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linux commands

is there a fairly good list of linux commands out there that tell you the command and then describe what the command does, sort of like a dictionary of linux commands?

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Old 11-03-2004, 07:25 PM   #2
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Use google. Search on "linux commands". There are tons of files to choose from.
You can also use the man pages (read manual pages) to find out about a command. Example: suppose you want to find out about the options for tar. Open a terminal, and enter the command 'man tar' (without quotes) to display the man page for tar.

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Old 11-04-2004, 09:56 AM   #4
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Try this command:

ls /bin | xargs whatis

The do the same for /sbin, /usr/bin and /usr/sbin. That should give you a fairly comprehensive list.
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this will tell you what a command does, if it is in that database
whatis <command>
this will tell you where commands are, if you have enough permissions to access them
whereis <command>
this will search for a command when you don't know the exact name
apropos <command>
this will pull up a manual (stated above)
man <command>
of course permission restricted users cannot use any commands located in /sbin, so just browse the contents in there. And of course google will be the biggest resource
Old 11-04-2004, 02:37 PM   #6
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For what it's worth I bought this book and it's had most if not all of the little snippets I've been looking for. And for less then $10 you can't beat it.

Linux Pocket Guide (it even covers Fedora distro)

Linux Pocket Guide


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