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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifies Linux system administrators at two levels: junior level (also called "certification level 1") and intermediate level (also called "certification level 2"). To attain certification level 1, you must pass exams 101 and 102; to attain certification level 2, you must pass exams 201 and 202.
developerWorks offers tutorials to help you prepare for each of the four exams. Each exam covers several topics, and each topic has a corresponding self-study tutorial on developerWorks. For LPI exam 102, the nine topics and corresponding developerWorks tutorials are:
|LPI exam 102 topic||developerWorks tutorial||Tutorial summary|
LPI exam 102 prep:|
|Learn how to install and maintain Linux kernels and kernel modules.|
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Boot, initialization, shutdown, and runlevels
|Learn how to boot a system, set kernel parameters, and shut down or reboot a system.|
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|Learn how to manage printers, print queues and user print jobs on a Linux system.|
|Topic 108|| LPI exam 102 prep:|
|(This tutorial). Learn how to use and manage local documentation, find documentation on the Internet, and use automated logon messages to notify users of system events. See detailed objectives below.|
|Topic 109|| LPI exam 102 prep:|
Shells, scripting, programming and compiling
|Topic 111|| LPI exam 102 prep:|
|Topic 112|| LPI exam 102 prep:|
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|Topic 114|| LPI exam 102 prep:|
To pass exams 101 and 102 (and attain certification level 1), you should be able to:
- Work at the Linux command line
- Perform easy maintenance tasks: help out users, add users to a larger system, back up and restore, and shut down and reboot
- Install and configure a workstation (including X) and connect it to a LAN, or connect a stand-alone PC via modem to the Internet
To continue preparing for certification level 1, see the developerWorks tutorials for LPI exams 101 and 102, as well as the entire set of developerWorks LPI tutorials.
The Linux Professional Institute does not endorse any third-party exam preparation material or techniques in particular. For details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to "Linux documentation," the fourth of nine tutorials designed to prepare you for LPI exam 102. In this tutorial, you learn how to use and manage local documentation, find documentation on the Internet, and use automated logon messages to notify users of system events.
This tutorial is organized according to the LPI objectives for this topic. Very roughly, expect more questions on the exam for objectives with higher weight.
|LPI exam objective||Objective weight||Objective summary|
Use and manage local system documentation
|Weight 4||Find relevant man pages and search man page sections. Find commands and the man pages related to them. Configure access to man sources and the man system. Prepare man pages for printouts. Use the system documentation stored in /usr/share/doc/ and determine what documentation to keep in /usr/share/doc/.|
Find Linux documentation on the Internet
|Weight 3||Use Linux documentation at sources such as the Linux Documentation Project (LDP), vendor and third-party Web sites, newsgroups, newsgroup archives, and mailing lists.|
Notify users of system-related issues
|Weight 1||Notify the users about current issues related to the system through logon messages.|
To get the most from this tutorial, you should have a basic knowledge of Linux and a working Linux system on which to practice the commands covered in this tutorial. You will also need a connection to the Internet.
This tutorial builds on content covered in previous tutorials in this LPI series, so you may want to first review the tutorials for exam 101.
Different versions of a program may format output differently, so your results may not look exactly like the listings and figures in this tutorial.