Creating A Terminal Window Clock

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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If you've been using Linux for a while, you may be familiar with the terminal command, date. The date command will display the current date and time to the terminal. On my system, the default output of date looks like this: Read more

Command Line Basics: Create And Extract Tarballs

November 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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In the Linux world, tarball refers to a compressed tar archive file. The most common type uses gzip compression and the file typically ends in tar.gz or .tgz. The tar command itself has its origin in Unix systems where is was used to save files to magnetic tape. The name tar stands for Tape ARchive. Read more

Command Line Basics: Finding Files

October 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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In today's post I'm going to show how to use the command line find program to search for files. There are certainly different GUI tools available in Linux, such as Beagle, to search for files. The advantage of many of these systems is that they index the files on your system so that the searching is rather fast. The disadvantage is that the indexing can often slow down system performance, so many users end up disabling it. There's also the situation where you might not have access to a GUI, like when you're logged in to your web hosting server through ssh. Read more

Remove Old Package Configuration Files in Ubuntu

September 21, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Many software packages in Ubuntu come along with a package configuration file. These files are used to control various settings for their particular package. In most cases, there is no reason to keep these files around after you've removed a package from you system. They get removed from your system along with the software package if you happen to use the apt-get purge command or if you mark it for "Complete Removal" in Synaptic. But what if you didn't do that when you removed the package? Read more

View Your Linux Distro Version From The Command Line

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Many different Linux distributions will display their version information in one place or another in the GUI. If you need to pull this information quickly, it may just be easier to open a terminal window and find it from the command line. Read more

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