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.
For translations of LDP works and documentation in languages other
than English, see the "Non-English Linux Info"
You can search the LDP documents from our search
The LDP guides have moved to their own page.
The Linux HOWTOs are detailed "how to" documents on
specific subjects. The HOWTO
index lists all HOWTOs along with short
descriptions. The HOWTOs are written in SGML or XML, and translated to
different output formats using
SGML-Tools (Linuxdoc DTD)
or the DocBook/DSSSL tools.
Join the LDP
announcements mailing list for news on HOWTO updates.
» HOWTOs (available formats; updated: 20060905)
In the list below, single page means that each HOWTO is available
for viewing, in its entirety, on one HTML page.
The default for viewing online is for the HOWTO to be split into
multiple page(s; usually one HTML page per section).
The stated tar package sizes are approximations.
PostScript and PDF copies were created using the
paper format (210 x 279 mm, 8-1/4 x 11 in - the width of ISO A4 and
the height of U.S. Letter).
We have heard of instances whereby the Adobe
plug-in for Netscape or IE may have trouble reading
the PDF variants. If so, save the file(s) to your hard disk
and open them from the desktop - see if that resolves the problem.
In some cases, when downloading compressed files
with/through a web-browser, the
browser will actually perform the decompression (gunzip)
automatically, BUT the saved filename will still have
the .gz file extension. If you run into problems when
trying to gunzip the file, this is probably the case.
Move the file to "filename minus the .gz extension"
and the problem should be resolved.
If you have problems downloading or using these packages, contact us
» additional HOWTO-related items:
For your convenience, we have a snapshot of the (English language)
Linux man pages
for sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 available:
man-pages-2.34.tar.gz (2.5M) man-pages-2.34.tar.bz2 (1.7M).
Older snapshots are available in the manpages directory.
Man pages belonging to programs are usually distributed together with those
programs. Therefore, the Linux man-pages distribution mainly
contains the pages for system calls and library routines, special devices,
and file formats. However, it also contains documentation for a number of
programs, in cases where the authors or maintainers of the program do not
distribute man pages themselves.
The Linux man pages are maintained by Michael Kerrisk. Corrections and
additions are welcome. The page undocumented (3)contains a list
of routines present in glibc for which no man page is available yet.
Useful search and/or indexed interfaces to the man pages can be found at:
Linux FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions with Answers):
For your convenience, a link to the Linux FAQ.
Linux Gazette is an online magazine that provides many Linux tips
and tricks. Mirrored from linuxgazette.net.
LinuxFocus is a volunteer-driven
online Linux magazine. It is truly international and free.
Additional Documents of Interest (Quick Ref, Tutorials, ...):
Introduction to Basic Computer Security
A series of articles written by
Jennifer Vesperman (email@example.com)
that discuss the various aspects of computer security. Includes the following:
CVS Best Practices
This article outlines some of the best practices that can be adopted
when Concurrent Versions System (CVS) is used as the configuration
management tool in your software project.
- HTML (read online)
A quick reference guide to the commands and keystrokes used in
JOE ("Joe's Own Editor", an ASCII-text screen editor).
Linux Security Quick Reference Card
Dave Wreski and Benjamin Thomas
- PDF (70K)
- PS (340K)
- PDF (A4; 70K)
- PS (A4; 340K)
This two-page Quick Reference Card is intended to provide a
starting point for improving the security of your system. Contained
within include references to security resources around the net,
tips on securing your Linux box, and general security information.
More information can be found at