If you know what software or topic you want information about, read on. If you are searching for software, see the Finding Software page.
Online DocumentationOnline documentation consists of man pages and the web.
UNIX Man PagesThe traditional source of all information about a UNIX system are the man (for manual) pages. To view the UNIX manual page about a particular command, library routine, system file, or other resource (for instance, the ls command):
% man ls
If you don't see the page you expected, perhaps there are multiple pages with the same name. There are usually several different man pages named "time", see them all with this command:
% whatis time
Linux Online DocLinux systems store package-specific documentation in /usr/share/doc. Our Debian Linux systems also have the Linux HOWTO's installed in /usr/share/doc/HOWTO. The Linux HOWTO's offer extensive documentation on a variety of topics. The audience varies from beginner to wizard, depending on the topic.
Windows Online DocTry clicking the Help button on the Start menu.
The WebIf you are reading this online, you've already discovered the technical staff's online doc. In these pages are information, or pointers to information about nearly every aspect of the department's computing systems.
Many commercial and open-source software projects put their reference manuals and tutorials on their web sites. For a particular software product, this is usually the most up-to-date and accurate information source.
Hardcopy DocumentationHardcopy manuals and books sometimes come with software the department acquires. The department also purchases books from time to time which are useful to more than a few people. These manuals and books are located in several collections throughout the department.
Locationsresearch groups that use the labs. Head Consultant.
Buying Your OwnThe Computer Store, located on the upper floor of the Brown Bookstore, has a good selection of titles, and is conveniently just up the street. They can special order any title you can't find. There are also more academic computer science titles on the text (lower) floor of the bookstore, in the computer science section.
All books purchased by the Department (e.g. with research funds) enjoy a 20% discount and are tax-free. You'll need an IPR (Internal Purchase Requisition) for that.