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

Force USB Device Discovery in Ubuntu

January 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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I previously did a post on how to Create a Button to Restart USB in Ubuntu. The purpose of that procedure was to get the USB hub in my HP w2207 monitor to recognize a flash drive that had been inserted into one of the ports.

Well I've found a better way to force this recognition that doesn't require root permission. It turns out that issuing the lsusb command polls all of the USB devices and causes my flash drive to be recognized and automounted. You can try this in a terminal with: Read more

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