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Unix Section 8 Manual Page: System Administration (.8)

In Unix-based operating systems, manual pages, or man pages, serve as a detailed guide for commands and interfaces, accessible through the man command.

Section 8 of the man pages, titled System Administration, is dedicated to system administrators. It encompasses commands and programs essential for system management, such as monitoring performance, scheduling tasks, and managing user accounts, all of which generally require elevated privileges. The man pages meticulously document the usage, options, and anticipated outcomes of these commands.

Key commands in this section include:

  • mount: Attach a filesystem to the system.
  • umount: Detach a filesystem.
  • fsck: Inspect and mend a Linux filesystem.
  • useradd: Add a new user or modify default user information.
  • ifconfig: Set up network interfaces.

8 Specifications

Name Unix Section 8 Manual Page: System Administration
File Extension(s) .8
Category Documents
Use For System Administration; which includes commands and programs for system administration.
Developer Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson under the guidance of their manager Doug McIlroy at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1971 as part of the Unix Programmer's Manual.
MIME Type(s) application/x-troff-man
License freely; but check their source for the specific license.
File Sample(s) N/A
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