Dumb question

George Reid greid at FreeBSD.org
Thu May 2 14:12:33 BST 2002

On Thu, May 02, 2002 at 02:05:49PM +0100, Gerwyn Davies wrote:

> Throughout the FreeBSD Handbook I see things like "disklabel(8)" and
> "devfs(5)". What is the significance of the number in brackets?

The bracketed number indicates the section of the manual.  e.g, passwd(5) 
("man 5 passwd") describes something different to passwd(1) ("man 1 

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