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Command, keyboard, and typographic conventions

This document uses command, keyboard, and typographic conventions that help you enter commands.

Command conventions

In examples that illustrate commands executed on a UNIX workstation, the command syntax and output might differ, depending on your version of UNIX.

Keyboard conventions

  • When describing key combinations, this document uses the hyphen (-) to separate individual keys. For example, "Ctrl-D" means pressing the "Control" and "D" keys simultaneously.
  • This document uses the term "Enter" to refer to the key that generates a carriage return, although the key is named "Return" on some keyboards.

Typographic conventions

The following table describes typographic conventions used in this document.


Type of information

Italic font

Words or characters that require special attention.

Placeholders for information you must supply. For example, if the guide says to enter the arp -d hostname command, you enter the characters "arp -d" followed by the actual name of the host.

Book titles in cross-references.

Monospaced font

Command names, option names, keywords, and daemon names.

Information displayed on the system console or other computer monitors.

The contents of files.

Bold monospaced font

Words or characters you type. What you type is always shown in lowercase letters, unless you must type it in uppercase letters.