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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Man Pages

Man pages (short for manual pages) are the primordial way of presenting Unix documentation. While man pages have a reputation for being obtuse, difficult, or even incomprehensible, they're actually quite friendly—for particular users. When man pages were first created, the average system administrator was a C programmer and, as a result, the pages were written by programmers, for programmers. If you can think like a programmer, man pages are perfect for you. I've tried thinking like a programmer, but I only achieved real success after remaining awake for two days straight. (Lots of caffeine and a high fever help.)

Over the last several years, the skill level required for system administration has dropped; no longer must you be a programmer. ...

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