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The documentation of an evolving system like MonetDB, often runs behind the implementation. We apologize for the inconvenience upfront. We have included a commentary section for users to contribute updates to the documentation as they see fit to be shared by others. The manuals are split into a few categories, summarized below:

The Tutorial is the starting point for managing database servers on your machine. It provides introductions to the installation, basic operations and advanced features of MonetDB 

SQL reference manual
We assume that the user has basic knowledge of SQL. The SQL reference manual contains a synopsis of the SQL 2008 language features being supported by MonetDB and extensions to the SQL standard.

Server Administration
This section provides an in-depth documentation for server administrators. There is information about installation (from source), updates, security and roles, backup and monitoring

Client Interfaces
An overview of the language bindings, drivers and clients for MonetDB

Server Programming
Information about ways to extend functionality within the MonetDB serve

MonetDB Internals
Provides information on the architecture of the MonetDB system including it's internal processing language MAL.

Manpages and reference for the main components of MonetDB, on server and client side