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Old 05-12-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Linux Dictionary


Anybody know of a book that is like a Linux dictionary, has all the Linux commands in an alphabetical listing, with a brief explanation of what they do along with arguments that may be used?
 
Old 05-12-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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Not sure about a book (though I'd bet there are lots), but Google will quickly return a bunch of websites which list, in alphabetical order, many or all of the most common commands and their usage/purpose. Sorry I haven't got a link to one handy, but I'm sure you can find them. Likely someone will be along shortly with a link to one of these sites, or maybe even the book you seek.

Keep in mind that generally, 'commands' in Linux are actually (binary) tools, or are pieces of larger packages of tools, and the easiest, most accessible way to see what a command does or how to use it, is by reading the man pages for the command or package.

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:40 PM   #3
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Alphabetical list at the bottom: http://linux.die.net/man/
 
Old 05-13-2008, 12:21 AM   #4
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In a terminal:
man -k <keyword> (eg man -k file)
man bash
info coreutils

Advanced Bash Scripting Guide (free at http://tldp.org)
 
Old 05-13-2008, 12:24 AM   #5
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Or command descriptions http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/linux/cmd/
 
Old 05-13-2008, 12:37 PM   #6
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Have a look at (i.e. get it from the public library system, for it may not be useful for you)

Unix: visual quickstart guide / Deborah S. Ray and Eric J. Ray. 2nd ed. Peachpit Press, 2003.

Any Unix book should help, but this does have lists of commands and flags at the back. It even makes vi comprehensible (well, almost).

"Ubuntu hacks", published by O'Reilly, might be worth checking out as well.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 12:53 PM   #7
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You should probably use the manual pages of your installed system, because some distributions might have different versions of some programs than others, and that can mean the command line switches aren't the same (for example; there could be other differences too). And not all distributions come with the same programs, even commandline ones.

I guess if you found a perfect list it would be pretty long, because there are probably not just hundreds but even thousands of commands, depending on what all you have installed.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 03:45 PM   #8
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Even better than a website listing a bunch of alphabetical commands ...

Perform the following commands for all files in the /bin, /usr/bin, and /usr/sbin directories:
man <command>
whatis <command>
apropos <command>
<command> --help

You'll get all sorts of information about all the commands available to you on YOUR box!
 
Old 05-14-2008, 07:23 PM   #9
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Thanks Billy, that website has exactly what I was looking for.
 
Old 05-30-2008, 05:20 PM   #10
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in F8 and before there was an excellent dictionary thesaurus under the KDE icon (lower left)>internet!

I looked through yumex for "dict" but found only stardict!

I vaguely remember using a yum command to get this program in!

It fit neatly into the icons on the right (for panel on the bottom)

Last edited by landonmkelsey; 05-30-2008 at 05:31 PM. Reason: missed detail!
 
Old 05-30-2008, 05:44 PM   #11
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this did it on F8 and before but no more:

yum install kdenetwork-extras
 
  


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