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Date:      Tue, 3 May 2011 08:37:01 -0400
From:      Robert Huff <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: For My Edification
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Daniel Staal writes:

>  > I would like to add the excellent manpages of the system.
>  > Unlike many Linusi, those manpages are kept current by the
>  > FreeBSD operating system developers and their documentation
>  > assistants. So whenever you're not fully sure about something,
>  > use "man <something". This applies to commands, configuration
>  > files, kernel interfaces, library calls and maintenance
>  > procedures. *Everything* is well documented. And you don't
>  > even need Internet access to get that information, as the
>  > manpage doesn't direct you to some arbitrary Wiki on the
>  > web. :-)
>  And, vice-versa, you don't need a FreeBSD box to read them, if
>  you have the web: They are all posted online at
>  <>; for you to read.

	It is worth noting there are reference works - intended for
those who already know something about a topic/program - not
tutorials intended to teach concepts and terminology on how to do a
specific task.
	At this point I usually recommend the most recent edition of
_/The Unix System Administration Handbook/_.  It is well-written; it
covers flavors other than FreeBSD; and it goes into enough of the
conceptual infrastructure to be very useful in diagnosing some kinds
of breakage.

				Robert Huff


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