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Administration Guide

Typographic conventions

This book uses the following typographic conventions:

Typographic Usage

Bold words or characters represent system elements that you must use literally, such as commands, flags, and path names.

  • Italic words or characters represent variable values that you must supply.
  • Italics are also used for book titles and for general emphasis in text.

Constant width Examples and information that the system displays appear in constant width typeface.
[ ] Brackets enclose optional items in format and syntax descriptions.
{ } Braces enclose a list from which you must choose an item in format and syntax descriptions.
| A vertical bar separates items in a list of choices. (In other words, it means "or.")
< > Angle brackets (less-than and greater-than) enclose the name of a key on the keyboard.
... An ellipsis indicates that you can repeat the preceding item one or more times.
<Ctrl-x> The notation <Ctrl-x> indicates a control character sequence. For example, <Ctrl-c> means that you hold down the control key while pressing <c>.
\ The continuation character is used in coding examples in this book for formatting purposes.

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