[SATLUG] Help with tutorials

Geoff geofff at w5omr.shacknet.nu
Mon Jun 22 19:35:44 CDT 2009

redpill-master wrote:
> I was searching through my /usr/share/doc looking for an interesting
> tutorial to run myself through when I suddenly realized that there has
> got to be a better way then doing this through my file manager.  I was
> wondering if anyone knew if there was a app (within Ubuntu) which would
> add a menu folder labeled tutorials which would have all of the various
> tutorial packaged within the Ubuntu distro already listed.  this would
> not necessarily need to be a menu option it could for instance modify my
> firefox by adding bookmarks to the relavant html pages.

On my SuSE 10.3 box, there's a command called "info".

(pardon the past if the formatting doesn't come out right)

File: dir, Node: Top This is the top of the INFO tree

This (the Directory node) gives a menu of major topics.
Typing "q" exits, "?" lists all Info commands, "d" returns here,
"h" gives a primer for first-timers,
"mEmacs<Return>" visits the Emacs manual, etc.

In Emacs, you can click mouse button 2 on a menu item or cross reference
to select it.

* Menu:

* Enscript: (enscript). GNU Enscript
* Gzip: (gzip). The gzip command for compressing files.
* ZSH: (zsh). The Z Shell Manual.

* AA-lib: (aalib). An ASCII-art graphics library
* History: (history). The GNU history library API.
* Readline: (readline). The GNU readline library API.
* libIDL2: (libIDL2). Interface Definition Language parsing library.

Texinfo documentation system
* Info: (info). How to use the documentation browsing system.
* info standalone: (info-stnd). Read Info documents without Emacs.
* infokey: (info-stnd)Invoking infokey. Compile Info customizations.

Individual utilities
* aclocal: (automake)Invoking aclocal. Generating aclocal.m4.
* autoconf: (autoconf)autoconf Invocation.
How to create configuration scripts
* autoheader: (autoconf)autoheader Invocation.
How to create configuration templates
-----Info: (dir)Top, 351 lines
Welcome to Info version 4.9. Type ? for help, m for menu item.

or, how about... info mount?

File: *manpages*, Node: mount, Up: (dir)

MOUNT(8) Linux Programmer's Manual MOUNT(8)

mount - mount a file system

mount [-lhV]

mount -a [-fFnrsvw] [-t vfstype] [-O optlist]
mount [-fnrsvw] [-o options [,...]] device | dir
mount [-fnrsvw] [-t vfstype] [-o options] device dir

All files accessible in a Unix system are arranged in one big tree, the
file hierarchy, rooted at /. These files can be spread out over sev-
eral devices. The mount command serves to attach the file system found
on some device to the big file tree. Conversely, the umount(8) command
will detach it again.

The standard form of the mount command, is
mount -t type device dir
This tells the kernel to attach the file system found on device (which
is of type type) at the directory dir. The previous contents (if any)
and owner and mode of dir become invisible, and as long as this file
system remains mounted, the pathname dir refers to the root of the file
system on device.

Three forms of invocation do not actually mount anything:
mount -h
prints a help message;
mount -V
prints a version string; and just
mount [-l] [-t type]
-----Info: (*manpages*)mount, 1506 lines
Welcome to Info version 4.9. Type ? for help, m for menu item.

Let your imagination run wild, with what information you need.


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