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From Power Up To Bash Prompt

Greg O'Keefe, gcokeefe@postoffice.utas.edu.au

v0.9, November 2000

This is a brief description of what happens in a Linux system, from the time that you turn on the power, to the time that you log in and get a bash prompt. Understanding this will be helpful when you need to solve problems or configure your system.

1. Introduction

2. Hardware

3. Lilo

4. The Linux Kernel

5. The GNU C Library

6. Init

7. The Filesystem

8. Kernel Daemons

9. System Logger

10. Getty and Login

11. Bash

12. Commands

13. Conclusion

14. Administrivia

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