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 Linux Documentation Project Works 

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" links page.

You can search the LDP documents from our search page.

LDP Guides:

Note: The LDP guides have moved to their own page.

Linux HOWTOs:

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.

»   Notes

  • As of 2003-07-24, the mini-HOWTOs are now merged into the full set of HOWTOs.

  • 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 PA4 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)

plain text browse directory tarred/gzipped (8.5M) tarred/bzip2'ed (6.8M)
(multiple pages)
browse directory tarred/gzipped (15M) tarred/bzip2'ed (13M)
(single page)
browse directory tarred/gzipped (8.9M) tarred/bzip2'ed (7.1M)
PDF browse directory tarred/gzipped (29M) tarred/bzip2'ed (27M)
PostScript browse directory tarred/gzipped (24M) tarred/bzip2'ed (24M)
Plucker DB
(for Palm/handheld)
browse directory

browse CVS repository
or request an account.

browse directory

»  additional HOWTO-related items:

Linux Man Pages:

The 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 ( 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):

Available formats:

For your convenience, a link to the Linux FAQ.

Linux Gazette:

Linux Gazette is an online magazine that provides many Linux tips and tricks. 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 ( that discuss the various aspects of computer security. Includes the following:

    updated title / version / available formats
    2002-02-24 Introduction to Backing Up and Restoring Data
    vers: 0.3    HTML (online)  |  HTML (tar)  |  plain text  |  PDF
    2002-02-24 Introduction to Intrusion Protection and Network Security
    vers: 0.3    HTML (online)  |  HTML (tar)  |  plain text  |  PDF
    2002-02-24 Introduction to Physical Security and Security of Services
    vers: 0.2    HTML (online)  |  HTML (tar)  |  plain text  |  PDF
    2002-02-24 Introduction to Securing Data in Transit
    vers: 0.3    HTML (online)  |  HTML (tar)  |  plain text  |  PDF
    2002-02-24 Introduction to Viruses & Virus Hoaxes
    vers: 0.3    HTML (online)  |  HTML (tar)  |  plain text  |  PDF
    2002-02-24 all documents    HTML (tar)  |  PDF (tar)

  • CVS Best Practices

    version: 0.6
    author(s): Vivek Venugopalan,
    last update: September 2002
    available formats:
    1. HTML (read online)
    2. HTML (tarred and gzipped package, 34k)
    3. PDF (75k)
    4. PluckerDB

    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.

  • Joe-Command-Reference

    version: 3.0
    author(s): Paul Sutton
    last update: August 2003
    available formats:
    1. 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

    version: 1.1
    author(s): Dave Wreski and Benjamin Thomas
    last update: September 2000
    available formats:
    1. PDF (70K)
    2. PS (340K)
    3. PDF (A4; 70K)
    4. 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

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