The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is working on developing good,
reliable documentation for the Linux operating system. The overall
goal of the LDP is to collaborate in taking care of all of the issues
of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation (man pages,
HTML, and so on) to printed manuals covering topics such as
installing, using, and running Linux. Here is the Linux Documentation
Project Manifesto and
Copyright License for LDP works.
For translations of LDP works and documentation in languages other
than English, see the "Non-English Linux Info"
You can search the LDP documents from our search
The LDP guides have moved to their own page.
The Linux HOWTOs are detailed "how to" documents on
specific subjects. The HOWTO
index lists all HOWTOs (and mini-HOWTOs) along with short
descriptions. The HOWTOs are written in SGML, and translated to
different output formats using
SGML-Tools (Linuxdoc DTD)
or the DocBook/DSSSL tools
(for those written in the DocBook DTD - SGML or XML).
Join the LDP
announcements mailing list for news on HOWTO updates.
As of 2003-07-24, the mini-HOWTOs are now merged into the full set of
In the list below, single page means that each HOWTO is available
for viewing, in its entirety, on one HTML page.
The default for viewing online is for the HOWTO to be split into
multiple page(s; usually one HTML page per section).
The stated tar package sizes are approximations.
PostScript and PDF copies were created using the
paper format (210 x 279 mm, 8-1/4 x 11 in - the width of ISO A4 and
the height of U.S. Letter).
We have heard of instances whereby the Adobe
plug-in for Netscape or IE may have trouble reading
the PDF variants. If so, save the file(s) to your hard disk
and open them from the desktop - see if that resolves the problem.
In some cases, when downloading compressed files
with/through a web-browser, the
browser will actually perform the decompression (gunzip)
automatically, BUT the saved filename will still have
the .gz file extension. If you run into problems when
trying to gunzip the file, this is probably the case.
Move the file to "filename minus the .gz extension"
and the problem should be resolved.
If you have problems downloading or using these packages, contact us
» HOWTOs (available formats; updated: 20041026)
» additional HOWTO-related items:
Linux man pages for sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
and 9 are available here (with some translations). Section 1 and
8 man pages (i.e., user commands) are available with the
corresponding software packages.
You can also get the latest
man page information, including links to translations. You
can email Andries Brouwer
(email@example.com) if you would like to help with, or have comments
on the man pages.
Man pages that are available from
are shown below. Additional translations of man pages and other
documentation works may be found on the
"Non-English Linux Info" page.
All listed below are tarred and gzipped packages.
Useful search interfaces to the man pages can be found at:
Linux FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions with Answers):
For your convenience, a link to the Linux FAQ.
Linux Gazette is an online magazine that provides many Linux tips
Due to reasons beyond our control, there are now two version
of this popular online magazine. The LDP mirrors both:
LinuxFocus is a volunteer-driven
online Linux magazine. It is truly international and free.
Additional Documents of Interest (Quick Ref, Tutorials, ...):
Introduction to Basic Computer Security
A series of articles written by
Jennifer Vesperman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
that discuss the various aspects of computer security. Includes the following:
CVS Best Practices
This article outlines some of the best practices that can be adopted
when Concurrent Versions System (CVS) is used as the configuration
management tool in your software project.
- HTML (read online)
A quick reference guide to the commands and keystrokes used in
JOE ("Joe's Own Editor", an ASCII-text screen editor).
Linux Security Quick Reference Card
Dave Wreski and Benjamin Thomas
- PDF (70K)
- PS (340K)
- PDF (A4; 70K)
- PS (A4; 340K)
This two-page Quick Reference Card is intended to provide a
starting point for improving the security of your system. Contained
within include references to security resources around the net,
tips on securing your Linux box, and general security information.
More information can be found at
Non-Free Documents (contain license restrictions):
Rute Users Tutorial and Exposition
Due to restrictive license provisions, the Rute document has
been removed from the LDP, but can still be accessed from