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The Linux Command Line

Cover of The Linux Command Line by William E. Shotts Jr. Published by No Starch Press

Getting a Command’s Documentation

With this knowledge of what a command is, we can now search for the documentation available for each kind of command.

help—Get Help for Shell Builtins

bash has a built-in help facility for each of the shell builtins. To use it, type help followed by the name of the shell builtin. For example:

[me@linuxbox ˜]$ help cd cd: cd [-L|-P] [dir] Change the current directory to DIR. The variable $HOME is the default DIR. The variable CDPATH defines the search path for the directory containing DIR. Alternative directory names in CDPATH are separated by a colon (:). A null directory name is the same as the current directory, i.e. `.'. If DIR begins with a slash (/), then CDPATH is not used. If the directory is not found, and ...

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