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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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Debian Reference
Chapter 15 - Support for Debian


The following resources provide help, advice, and support for Debian. Try your best to use self-help resources before crying out loud in the mailing lists. :)

Note that you can access a lot of documentation on your system by using a WWW browser, via the dwww or dhelp commands, found in their respective packages.


15.1 References

The following references are available for Debian and Linux in general. If their contents conflict with each other, always rely more on primary information sources than on secondary ones such as this document.

  • Packaging Manual (Potato)

    • packaging-manual package in Potato. (Moved into appendix of Developer's Reference.)

  • Unix-style manual pages (primary)

    • dlocate -man package-name (list available)

    • man section command-name

  • GNU-style info pages (primary)

    • info (access top level)

    • info command-name

  • Package-specific documents (primary)

    • Find them under /usr/share/doc/package-name

  • LDP: Linux Documentation Project (secondary)

    • General Linux HOWTOs and mini-HOWTOs

    • Web: http://www.tldp.org/

    • Package: doc-linux-text and doc-linux-html

    • File: /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/

  • Linux Gazette (secondary) -- new issues monthly

  • Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (primary)

The following references are available for Unix in general. Please note that there are some minor differences between different Unix systems. Device names and init methods need extra attention.

  • The UNIX Programming Environment

    • The book to read to learn about how UNIX works.

    • By B. W. Kernighan and R. Pike

    • Published by Princeton Hall Software Series

  • The C Programming Language (second edition)

    • The book to read to learn about ANSI C.

    • By B. W. Kernighan and D. M. Ritchie

    • Published by Princeton Hall Software Series

  • UNIX Power Tools

    • The book to read to learn Unix tips.

    • By Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, and Mike Loukides

    • Published by O'Reilly and Associates

  • Essential System Administration (second edition)

    • The book to read to learn about Unix system administration for many Unix flavors.

    • By Aeleen Frisch

    • Published by O'Reilly and Associates

  • Linux: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition

    • A nice online and hardcover book covering GNU/Linux system administration.

    • By Paul Sheer

    • Published by Prentice Hall

    • Package: rutebook (from non-free)

    • File: /usr/share/doc/rutebook/


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