I often find myself browsing my filesystem with Nautilus (the GNOME file manager) and wanting a terminal window to manipulate files in the current directory. I decided to take a shot at writing my own Nautilus script to solve the problem. So here's my first Nautilus script. Save it in $HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts. I named it terminal-here on my system. Read more
In a previous Bash to Basics, I already showed how to print output to the terminal with the echo command. Today I'm going to show how to read input from the user and store it in a variable. We can then use that variable to print the text back to the terminal with the echo command. Read more
Last time in Bash to Basics I showed how to print text to the terminal with the echo command. This got me thinking about the first program I wrote when I was in fourth grade. I was fortunate enough to be in a school district that had computers in the early '80s. If you're around my age, then you may remember the mighty Commodore PET computer.
Some of us were put into a program to learn BASIC programming. The first program we were taught to write made a rocket ship fly up the screen by using Print statements. It looked something like this: Read more
In today's Command Line Basics we'll create some customized commands with alias. You can think of alias as a sort of command line shortcut. Odds are, your system already has a few aliases defined by default. If you enter the command by it's self, without an argument, it will tell you what aliases already exist on your system. Open a terminal window and give it a try. Read more
One of the most fundamental things you may want to do from the command line is to list the files in the current directory. That's where the ls command comes in. ls stands for, you guessed it, list. Read more