[sf-lug] command line learning resource

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Sep 26 12:47:42 PDT 2007

Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):

> as seen on the Python tutor list
> ( http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/tutor )
> 	 http://linuxcommand.org
> I browsed through this and find it interesting and useful,
> especially for people at a beginning and intermediate
> stage of using the command line.

<tongue align="cheek">
This one's pretty good, too:
$ man /usr/bin/*
</tongue align="cheek">

ObSeriousForAMoment:  Never confuse manpages with tutorials.  If a given
manpage turns out to be possible to learn an entirely new subject from,
that's a senendipitous win for you, but that's not what they're for.
Manpages are "quick reference" docs, refreshers on fine details intended
for the use of someone who already basically knows that topic.

A "quick reference" is like a reference work, except worse for beginners
in the sense that it's deliberately ultra-terse.  To laearn a subject
from first principles, you need a _tutorial_.  Authors of well-regarded
tutorial books on Linux include Mark Sobell, who is on this mailing

(/me waves.)

ObAdditionalPlug:  for a good time, type "vimtutor".  ;->

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