Command Line Basics: Create Custom Commands with Alias

May 30, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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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

Command Line Basics: List Files with ls

May 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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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

Command Line Basics: Navigating the File System

May 15, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Today's Command Line Basics focuses on Navigating the File System with the cd command.

cd stands for change directory. The cd command on its own will take you to your home directory (/home/userid/). If you have a directory in your home called Documents, then cd Documents will take you there. Following are the basic uses of cd.

cdchange to your home directory
cd /tmpchange to the /tmp directory
cd ~/Documentschange to /home/userid/Documents from anywhere
cd ..move up one directory in the structure
cd -change to the last directory you were in

Bash to Basics: Print Text with echo

May 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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In the first installment of Command Line Basics, I explained the use of the echo command. In this first installment of Bash to Basics, I'll show how to use the echo command in a script.

Open up a text editor and paste the following text into it. Read more

Command Line Basics: echo

May 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I'm starting a new feature called Command Line Basics. In this first installment I'm going to cover the echo command.

The echo command is used for sending text to the standard output. In most cases, the standard output is your terminal. For example, to print the word "echo" to your terminal output, enter the command Read more

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