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Packages General LRP Books

Specific Packages

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.

General LRP Documentation


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 reading recommendations.

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.


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Books I highly recommend for every LRP user:


Building Internet Firewalls - Second edition

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.

cover 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 page documentation.

cover 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 LRP.  

cover The Cathedral & the Bazaar

A 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:

cover 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.

cover 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:

cover 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 servers.

cover 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.

cover Using Samba

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.

cover 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 provided.

cover Sendmail - Second Edition

The definitive reference for sendmail.  If you're running sendmail on your site, you need this book.


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