New User in need of quick lesson

Jesse Robertson briscoelake at
Fri Mar 7 02:37:34 UTC 2008

Thank you both for your responses.  I printed your list Kim which will prove
invaluable in the future.  When I had to work on AIX I kept a sheet like
that handy but it is in the server room at work a few hours away.  Jack you
have certainly taught me something new.  I was aware of man and info but the
others are new to me.

Again thanks so much for your fast responses.  Hopefully after a few months
of this I can return the favor and help out some others.


On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 9:15 PM, jack <tdldev at> wrote:

> On Thu, 2008-03-06 at 19:33 -0500, Jesse Robertson wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I am probably about the lowliest of linux users out there.  At one
> > point I had learned some command line when I had to work with AIX and
> > Red Hat but now I am looking to put together a hylafax server on a
> > ubuntu server.  I have ubuntu server installed and am basically
> > waiting on my multitech modem to arrive.  The problem is that my
> > knowledge was poor to begin with and now it is pretty much forgotten.
> > So a crash course on command line linux would be really helpful.  Does
> > anyone know of a decent one you can point me too?
> >
> > Thanks for your assistance.
> >
> > Jesse
> >
> Jesse
> Linux is as friendly as can be in this respect - there are three command
> line 'helpers' available to you in the OS itself.
> man <whatever> = will bring up (man)ual pages, if there is such a thing.
> info <whatever> = sort of like man, but sometimes much more data is
> available.
> apropos <whatever> = give it s subject, keyword, or whatever you can
> think of. If there's a Linux command which might be in the ballpark,
> apropos will throw it out as a possible.
> There is also locate (or slocate, if you have installed that). locate
> <whatever> will show you if something is there, and where. if you use a
> few simple expressions, like locate apa*, it will locate anything
> beginning with apa...
> once you find the command with locate or apropos, you can then man (or
> info) that command name and get the manual pages for it. Beyond that,
> googling for the commands can sometimes give more tips and tricks on
> their usage.
> Outside of that, google for Linux commandline will turn up tons of hits,
> so I'd start with my own system and work out from there. There's always
> us here on the list. If you need to do something, fire off a question of
> what you'd like to do - I'm sure there's a few of us here that can point
> you in a good direction.
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