See the individual package pages for documentation on a specific
<package>.lrp file. You will find configuration details,
installation notes, appropriate man pages, source code, and more.
This is the man page for the ash shell (used by LRP), pulled from the
debian ash 0.3.4-6 package. It contains an overview of built in
commands, command syntax, and lots of other info. A good
reference if you are trying to figure out how all those scripts work, or
write some of your own.
There's not exactly a lot of LRP specific documentation available in
print (none that I know of), but there are lots of general linux and network
books that can be very useful. Check here for some of my personal
- Disk Images
Step-by-step configuration instructions are available with my disk
images, as well as a list of changes I made to the 'standard'
distribution to create my disk images.
- Hard Disk HOWTO
Everything you need to know to turn that 100 Meg high-tech paperweight
IDE drive into storage for your LRP system.
Fairly step-by-step instructions on adding a hard disk to your LRP
system. The HOWTO covers both booting from a small MS-DOS partition on a hard
disk, and using ext2 partitions at runtime for things like a small web or
email server. Be sure to check out the Hard
Disk package page for all the files you'll need.
- Serial HOWTO
How to configure your LRP system for remote login via a serial
port. Get rid of that pesky monitor and keyboard!
- Zip Disk HOWTO
Step-by-step instructions on getting LRP to boot off a Zip Disk.
Several of the files you will need can be downloaded from the Hard
Disk package page.
- network.conf reference
This is a reference describing all of the variables available for use in
the network.conf file, and what they all do. I have also created a set
of extended configuration scripts that
add features to the network.conf file. These are documented as well.
Support my LRP efforts!
Click on one of the book images,
below, to go to Amazon.com where you can place an order, or the banner to
the left to go the Amazon.com home page. I own each of the books
listed below, and have used them as described in working with LRP.
Books I highly recommend for every LRP user:
Building Internet Firewalls -
This is a must have book for anyone
maintaining an internet firewall. While it is not exactly a
step-by-step howto, this book includes everything from basic information
to help the novice network user understand firewalls, to details needed by
the experienced user to support 'problem' protocols.
||Linux in a Nutshell - Third Edition
This book is a reference covering all standard
linux commands, and includes chapters on shell scripting, variable
substution, and regular expressions as well. When using LRP, which
does not come with online man pages, I find myself reaching for this book
a lot. The level of detail documenting each command is in-between
the basic command line usage printout you get with LRP and the full man
||Running Linux - Third Edition
This is a general book on installing and running
linux. While not specifically written for LRP or Debian (which LRP
is based on), this book covers a lot of general linux setup and
configuration at the core, configuration file, level. Most of the
'targeted' linux books are heavily oriented to graphics configuration
utilities running under X windows, which has pretty much no relation to
||The Cathedral & the Bazaar
distillation of what open-source really is, why it works, and how it's
changing software business models. A must-read if you want to
understand the key forces behind the Open-Source movement that makes linux
and LRP possible.
Books for advanced LRP users and developers:
||Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide
Pretty much everything you need
to know about the main internet protocols. Covers ARP, IGMP, ICMP,
UDP, and TCP. This book works nicely if you need more info than is
in Building Internet Firewalls, above. I use this book a lot when
trying to make sense of martian or denied packet messges in my log files,
or tweak low level firewall rules.
||Internetworking with TCP/IP - Volume 1 Fourth Edition
The 'bible' of TCP/IP
networking. Volume 1 covers just about everything you need to know
about TCP/IP unless you are writing an IP stack youself (in which case,
buy Volume 2, as well ;-). The beauty of this book is that the basic
concepts and reasons behind the many IP protocols are explained clearly
enough for even the novice network administrator, while providing a
treasure trove of technical data. Only hard core programmers or
packet sniffers will need more data than is contained in Volume 1, in
which case you can purchase Volume 2, or use the references to the
applicable RFC's which are all throughout the book.
Books for people running web services:
||Apache: The Definitive Guide
Everything you need to setup
and run Apache. I run thttpd on LRP as my primary web server (small,
secure, and fast), but Apache works much better for modern dynamic content
(you won't notice much in the way of 'shopping carts' or fancy server
generated content on my site), so I run Apache on some of my internal
||DNS and BIND - Third Edition
The reference manual for setting up DNS services
with BIND. Use this book along with my bind.lrp to set up DNS on
your LRP system.
Everything you need to know to
get Samba running on LRP or any other unix/linux based platform.
This book is also an excellent discussion of the details of Microsoft
networking via TCP/IP, and is extremely usefull in setting up a windows
network that crosses routers or gateways, even if you are not running
|| Samba Unleashed
The only book here that's not
from O'Reilly, this book is substantially larger than Using Samba, above,
and includes more practical configuration examples. I bought this
book because of the entire chapter dedicated to cross-subnet
browsing. For most users, if you only buy one Samba book, you
probably want this one because of the many example configurations
||Sendmail - Second Edition
The definitive reference for
sendmail. If you're running sendmail on your site, you need this