The Linux Documentation Project: Guides home | HOWTOs | Guides | FAQs | man pages | Linux Gazette | LinuxFocus Linux Documentation Project Guides The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is working on developing good, reliable documentation for the Linux operating system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in taking care of all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation (man pages, HTML, and so on) to printed manuals covering topics such as installing, using, and running Linux. Here is the Linux Documentation Project Manifesto and Copyright License for LDP works.Translations of LDP works (languages other than English) can be found on the " Non-English Linux Info " links page. A subset of Debian manuals are now available.Additional documentation (HOWTOs, FAQs, etc) can be found here . Older and unmaintained (but still pertinent) guides can be found here . Search the LDP documents from our search page . Current / Maintained Guides Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide version: 10 author: Mendel Cooper ,< thegrendel.abs(at) > last update: Mar 2014 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 2.3M) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 674K) PDF (2.7M) PostScript (1.4M) text (510K) SGML (327K) PluckerDB (690K) This document is both a tutorial and a reference on shell scriptingwith Bash. It assumes no previous knowledge of scripting or programming,but progresses rapidly toward an intermediate/advanced level of instruction . . . allthe while sneaking in little nuggets of UNIX(R) wisdom and lore. It servesas a textbook, a manual for self-study, and as a reference and source ofknowledge on shell scripting techniques. The exercises and heavily-commentedexamples invite active reader participation, under the premise that the onlyway to really learn scripting is to write scripts.This book is suitable for classroom use as a general introduction to programming concepts.Linux on the Road Linux with Laptops, Notebooks, PDAs, Mobile Phones and Other Portable Devices version: 3.22 author: Werner Heuser ,< wehe(at) > last update: Dec 2011 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 580K) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 820K) PDF (1.4M) PostScript (977K) text (448K) PluckerDB (248k) Though there are laptop, notebook, PDA and mobile phone related HOWTOs available already, this guide contains a concise survey of documents related to mobile computer devices. Also Linux features, such as installation methods for laptops, notebooks and PDAs as well as configurations for different (network) environments are described.Although there are some caveats, Linux is a better choice for mobile computer devices than most other operating systems. Because it supports numerous installation methods, works in many heterogenoues environments and needs smaller resources.Windows+OpenSolaris+CentOS Installation Guide version: 1.2 author: Subhasish Ghosh ,< subhasish_ghosh(at)> last update: Jun 2009 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 41k) PDF (535K) Explains how three different operating systems can be installed and configured on a single hard disk. The reader may choose from: Microsoft Windows NT/2K/XP + OpenSolaris 2008.11 + CentOS 5.2. Only x86 & x86-compatible architecture multi-booting is discussed and GNU GRUB is the boot loader of choice.Bash Guide for Beginners version: 1.11 author: Machtelt Garrels ,< tille > last update: Dec 2008 ISBN: 0-9744339-4-2 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 530k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 514K) PDF (1.2M) PostScript (1.0M) text (110k) PluckerDB (165k) The Bash Guide for Beginners gets you started with Bash scripting and bridges the gap between the Bash HOWTO and the Advanced Bash Scripting Guide. Everybody who wants to make life easier on themselves, power users and sysadmins alike, can benefit from reading this practical course. The guide contains lots of examples and exercises at the end of each chapter, demonstrating the theory and helping you practice. Bash is available on a wide variety of UNIX, Linux, MS Windows and other systems.Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide version: 1.27 author: Machtelt Garrels ,< tille > last update: Jun 2008 ISBN: 1596821124 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 800k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 1.1M) PDF (1.6M) PostScript (1.4M) text (187k) PluckerDB (254k) This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. We hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.GNU/Linux Command-Line Tools Summary version: 1.2 author: Gareth Anderson ,< somecsstudent(at) > last update: Apr 2006 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 559k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 317k) PDF (682k) PostScript (584k) text (gzipped, 88k) PluckerDB (238k) This document is an attempt to provide a summary of useful command-line tools available to a GNU/Linux based operating system, the tools listed are designed to benefit the majority of users and have being chosen at the authors discretion. This document is not a comprehensive list of every existent tool available to a GNU/Linux based system, nor does it have in-depth explanations of how things work. It is a summary which can be used to learn about and how to use many of the tools available to a GNU/Linux-based operating system.LDP Author Guide version: 4.8 authors: Mark F. Komarinski ,< mkomarinski(at) > Jorge Godoy ,< godoy(at) > David C. Merrill ,< dcmerrill(at) > Emma Jane Hogbin last update: Apr 2006 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 337k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 640k) PDF (1.4M) PostScript (1.5M) text (248k) PluckerDB (114k) This guide describes the process of submitting and publishing a document withThe Linux Documentation Project (TLDP). It includes information about the tools,toolchains and formats used by TLDP. The document's primary audience is new TLDPauthors, but it also contains information for seasoned documentation authors.The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide available versions: 2.4 and 2.6 authors: Peter Jay Salzman, Michael Burian, Ori Pomerantz last update: May 2007 ( kernel version 2.6 ) Jul 2004 ( kernel version 2.4 ) available formats ( kernel version 2.6 ): HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 214k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 122k) PDF (539k) PluckerDB (155k) PostScript (497k) text (gzipped, 62k) available formats ( kernel version 2.4 ): HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 208k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 114k) PDF (153k) PostScript (65k) text (gzipped, 57k) A guide to programming Linux kernel modules.The Linux System Administrators' Guide version: 0.9 authors: Lars Wirzenius, Joanna Oja,Stephen Stafford, and Alex Weeks last update: July 2005 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 436K) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 178K) PDF (849K) PostScript (657K) text (375K) PluckerDB (170K) various(non-English) translations This is the third book in the main LDP series, and assumesknowledge of everything in the Installation and Users' Guides. Itwill cover all of the aspects of keeping the system running,handling user accounts, backups, configuration of the system,installing and upgrading software, and more. Whereas some ofthis information is in the Installation Guide (just to get thesystem off the ground) this book should be much more complete.Also visit the Linux SystemAdministrators Guide Homepage .Pocket Linux Guide version: 3.1 author: David Horton , < dhorton(at) > last update: Apr 2005 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 194k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 59k) PDF (576k) PostScript (487k) text (171k) PluckerDB (75k) The Pocket Linux Guide is for anyone interested in learning the techniques of building a GNU/Linux system from source code. The guide is structured as a project that builds a small diskette-based GNU/Linux system called Pocket Linux. Each chapter explores a small piece of the overall system explaining how it works, why it is needed and how to build it. After completing the Pocket Linux project, readers should possess an enhanced knowledge of what makes GNU/Linux systems work as well as the confidence to explore larger, more complex source-code-only projects.Guide to Managing Media and Public Relations in the Linux Community version: 1.1 author: The Linux Professional Institute Sheldon Rose last update: Apr 2005 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 129k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 52k) PDF (398k) PostScript (367k) text (113k) PluckerDB (62k) This guide provides useful information on how to generate positive public relations and news media coverage for Linux.EVMS User Guide version: 2.4.0 authors: Christine Lorenz , IBM Joy Goodreau , IBM Kylie Smith , IBM last update: September, 2004 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 370k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 205k) PDF (423k) PostScript (210k) text (290k) PluckerDB (142k) This book is designed to address user's questions about Enterprise Volume Management System (EVMS) and provide a context for using EVMS. For additional information about EVMS or to ask questions specific to your distribution, the EVMS mailing lists are an excellent resource. You can view the list archives or subscribe to the lists from theEVMS Project web site .Linux Dictionary version: 0.18 author: Binh Nguyen ,< linuxfilesystem(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au>last update: April 2005 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 7.9M) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 1.5M) PDF (8.0M) PostScript (1.7M) text (gzipped, 1.6M) PluckerDB (1.8M) directory listing (contains .deb and .rpm packages) Linux Filesystem Hierarchy version: 0.65 author: Binh Nguyen , < linuxfilesystem(at) >last update: July 2004 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 354k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 119k) PDF (601k) PostScript (556k) text (399k) PluckerDB (133k) This document outlines the set of requirements and guidelines for file and directory placement under the Linux operating system according to those of the FSSTND v2.3 final (January 29, 2004) and also its actual implementation on an arbitrary system. It is meant to be accessible to all members of the Linux community, be distribution independent and is intended discuss the impact of the FSSTND and how it has managed to increase the efficiency of support interoperability of applications, system administration tools, development tools, and scripts as well as greater uniformity of documentation for these systems.Custom Linux: A Porting Guide - Porting LinuxPPC to a Custom SBC version: 2.1 author: Shie Erlich ,< erlich(at) > last update: Mar 2004 available formats:HTML (read online) HTML (read online, single file, 60k) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 25k) PDF (60k) PostScript (26k) text (56k) PluckerDB (32k) This guide describes a work in progress, to port Linux to a custom PowerPC-based board. This means making the operating system work on unfamiliar hardware. Anyone, who is on the same track might benefit from reading this paper, as it highlights the pitfalls and problematic points along the way.Linux From Scratch version: 6.1.1 author: Gerard Beekmans ,< gerard(at) > last update: Nov 2005 available formats:HTML (read online) ( HTML.tar.bz2 ) HTML (read online, single file) ( HTML.bz2 ) HTML (tarred and bzipped package) PDF ( PDF.bz2 ) text ( txt.bz2 ) text ( XML.tar.bz2 ) Derived from the popular Linux-From-Scratch-HOWTO , this bookdescribes the process of creating your own Linux system fromscratch from an already installed Linux distribution, using nothingbut the sources of software that are needed.More information can be found at .The Bugzilla Guide version: 2.16.3 author: Matthew P. Barnson ,< > last update: April 2003 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 261k) PDF (465k) This document is intended to be the comprehensive guide to theinstallation, administration, maintenance, and use of the Bugzillabug-tracking system.Linux Kernel 2.4 Internals author: Tigran Aivazian ,< > last update: August 2002 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 80k) PDF (256k) An introduction to the Linux 2.4 kernel. The author is working assenior Linux kernel engineer at VERITAS Software Ltd and wrote thisbook for the purpose of supporting the short training course/lectureshe gave on this subject, internally at VERITAS.Securing described in book as "floppy.tgz").Mastering security with Linux and getting the maximum out of your system have never been easier. Securing described in book as "floppy.tgz").Emacspeak User's Guide version: 1.3 author: Jennifer Jobst ,< > last update: July 2002 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 23k) PDF (89k) This document helps Emacspeak users become familiar with Emacs asan audio desktop and provides tutorials on many common tasks andthe Emacs applications available to perform those tasks.The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use Removed at the author's request. The Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Second Edition version: 1.1 authors: Olaf Kirch and Terry Dawson last update: March 2000 ISBN: 1-56592-400-2 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarredand gzipped package, 690k) PDF (1.5MB) This book was written to provide a single reference for networkadministration in a Linux environment. Beginners and experiencedusers alike should find the information they need to cover nearly allimportant administration activities required to manage a Linuxnetwork configuration. The possible range of topics to cover isnearly limitless, so of course it has been impossible to includeeverything there is to say on all subjects. We've tried to cover themost important and common ones. We've found that beginners to Linuxnetworking, even those with no prior exposure to Unix-like operatingsystems, have found this book good enough to help them successfullyget their Linux network configurations up and running and get themready to learn more.Linux Administrator's Security Guide Removed at the request of the author (book is now more"dynamic"). Please accessthe Linux Administrator's Security Guide at the following location: Linux System Administration Made Easy version: 1.06 author: Steve Frampton last update: November 1999 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 99k) other : PDF, PostScript, text, and SGML source The Linux Administration Made Easy (LAME) guide attempts todescribe day-to-day administration and maintenance issues commonlyfaced by Linux system administrators.This book can be purchased from bookstores, more information can be foundhere. Older / Unmaintained (but still pertinent) Guides The Linux Network Administrators' Guide version: 1.0 author: Olaf Kirch last update: March 1996 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 332k) other : plain text, DVI, LaTeX source, PDF, and PostScript. various(non-English) translations This guide supplements the System Administrators' Guide and coverall of the diverse issues of networking under Linux, from UUCP toserial connections to TCP/IP. Many Linux users won't have accessto such a network, so this information is in a separate manual.It contains an intro to TCP/IP and UUCP (for those who have neverused such networks before, lots of background information),TCP/IP, UUCP, SLIP, and DNS configuration, configuration of mailsystems such as sendmail and Smail, setting up NNTP and news, andNFS.The Linux Programmer's Guide version: 0.4 authors: B. ScottBurkett, Sven Goldt, John D. Harper, Sven van der Meer and Matt Welsh last update: March 1996 available formats: PDF (recommended format) HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 140k) other : DVI, LaTeX source, PDF and PostScript. Example sourcecode is also available. various(non-English) translations The Linux Programmer's Guide is meant to do what the name implies-- It is to help Linux programmers understand the peculiaritiesof Linux. By its nature, this also means that it should be usefulwhen porting programs from other operating systems to Linux.Therefore, this guide must describe the system calls and themajor kernel changes which have effects on older programs likeserial I/O and networking.The Linux Users' Guide version: beta-1 author: Larry Greenfield last update: December 1996 available formats: other : DVI, PDF (gzipped / zipped), PostScript (gzipped / zipped), andLaTeX source various(non-English) translations This book covers all of the user-end aspects of Linux, fromsitting down at the first login session to using complex toolssuch as gcc, emacs, and so on. It assumes no previous Unixexperience, so not only will it serve as an introduction toLinux, but to Unix in general as well. This manual won't coversystem administrator tasks (i.e. anything that needs to be doneas root) - it's for the J. Random User who has a working Linuxsystem sitting in front of them.The Linux Kernel Hackers' Guide version: not available author: Michael K. Johnson last update: August 1998 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 468k) This is an older, archived instance; complete with discussion threads(no posting or replying however).Installation and Getting Started Guide version: 3.2 authors: Matt Welsh and others last update: March 1998 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 836k) This book is for personal computer users who want to install anduse Linux. The book assumes that you have basic knowledge aboutpersonal computers and operating systems like MS-DOS, but noprevious knowledge of Linux or UNIX.The Linux Kernel version: 0.8-3 author: David A. Rusling last update: January 1998 available formats: HTML (read online) HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 376k) The kernel is at the heart of the operating system. This book is a guideto how the kernel fits together, how it works; a tour of the kernel.Translated Guides Below is a table of translated guides that are available frompub/Linux/docs/ldp-archived/ . Additional translations of LDP works and translated documentation not listed here may be found on the " Non-English Linux Info " en es fr it ja pl pt ru sl Kernel Hackers Guide en Network Guide en es Programmers Guide en es System Administration Guide en es fr it pt Users Guide en es it legend: de = German, en = English, es = Spanish, fr = French, it = Italian,ja = Japanese, pl = Polish, pt = Portuguese, ru = Russian, sl = SlovenianDebian Manuals and Guides (updated nightly) "An important part of any operating system is documentation, the technical manuals that describe the operation and use of programs. As part of its efforts to create a high-quality free operating system, the Debian Project is making every effort to provide all of its users with proper documentation in an easily accessible form." -- from Debian Documentation home page APT HOWTO Debian Euro HOWTO The Debian GNU/Linux FAQ Debian GNU/Linux Java FAQ Debian Reference Debian Tutorial Debian Developer's Reference Debian GNU/Linux Network Administrator's Manual Securing Debian Manual Debian GNU/Linux System Administrator's Manual Debian User Reference Manual Additional Guides of Interest Linux Palm Developer's Quick Start Guide version: 1.0 author(s): Jim Weller last update: February 2001 available formats: HTML (read online) PDF (72K) This guide is intended to help those new to palm programming getstarted. It assumes a fair knowledge of linux and gnu tools. It takes youfrom clueless to able to compile a HelloWorld type application.TrinityOS: A Guide to Configuring Your Linux Serverfor Performance, Security, and Managability author(s): David A. Ranch available formats: Various formats available from anotherwebsite TrinityOS and its associated archive scripts guide the Linux user in a step-by-step fashion using a common example throughout to configure over 50+ Internet services. The main focus of TrinityOS is to do this in a secure fashion while keeping both performance and managability in mind. The documents also guide the user in other advanced topics such as aquiring their own Internet domain(s), moving DNS servers, confirming if you've been hacked, fighting SPAM email, and fixing various Linux file system, partition, LILO, and data recovery problems.VideoLAN Quickstart author(s): the VideoLAN project last update: September 2003 available formats: HTML (read online) tarred/gzipped (106K) PDF (440K) text (8.5M)This document describes how to start using VideoLAN quickly.VLC (VideoLAN Client) User Guide author(s): the VideoLAN project last update: September 2003 available formats: HTML (read online) tarred/gzipped (118K) PDF (506K) text This document is the complete user guide of VLC, the VideoLAN Client.VLS (VideoLAN Server) User Guide author(s): the VideoLAN project last update: September 2003 available formats: HTML (read online) tarred/gzipped (123K) PDF (471K) text This document is the complete user guide of VLS, the VideoLAN Server.home | HOWTOs | Guides | FAQs | man pages | Linux Gazette | LinuxFocus Last Modified: 2014-03-06 |