2. Manuals

  • man

  • -h or --help

  • Kernel Documentation 1

1   Executable programs or shell commands
2   System calls (functions provided by the kernel)
3   Library calls (functions within program libraries)
4   Special files (usually found in /dev)
5   File formats and conventions, e.g. /etc/passwd
6   Games
7   Miscellaneous  (including macro packages and conventions),
   e.g. man(7), groff(7), man-pages(7)
8   System administration commands (usually only for root)
9   Kernel routines [Non standard]

Conventional section names include NAME, SYNOPSIS, CONFIGURA‐ TION, DESCRIPTION, OPTIONS, EXIT STATUS, RETURN VALUE, ERRORS, ENVIRONMENT, FILES, VERSIONS, CONFORMING TO, NOTES, BUGS, EX‐ AMPLE, AUTHORS, and SEE ALSO.

2.1. Commands

Table 2.1. Documentation

Command

Type

Description

man

an interface to the system reference manuals

man

macros to format man pages

apropos

search the manual page names and descriptions

whatis

display one-line manual page descriptions

whereis

locate the binary, source, and manual page files for a command

which

locate a command

2.2. References

1

Linux Kernel Organization, Inc. The Linux Kernel documentation. Year: 2019. Retrieved: 2019-01-23. URL: https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/