Working more effectively with Shell – basic commands

Let's learn a few commands that are required very often, such as man, echo, cat, and similar:

  • Enter the following command. It will show the various types of manual pages displayed by the man command:
    $ man man
  
  • From the following table, you can get an idea about various types of man pages for the same command:

Section number

Subject area

1

User commands

2

System calls

3

Library calls

4

Special files

5

File formats

6

Games

7

Miscellaneous

8

System admin

9

Kernel routines

 

  • We can enter the man command to display the corresponding manual pages as follows:
    $ man 1 command
    $ man 5 command
  
  • Suppose we need to know more ...

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