KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

THE LINUX COMMAND LINE INTERFACE (CLI)

Presented by Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith used his Toshiba laptop running SuSE Pro v9.3 with
the KLUG InFocus SVGA projector to reveal the power of the
Linux CLI. He worked from the terminal window of the Gnome
Desktop to give us a live demonstration. There were many good
questions addressed and helpful comments exchanged.

Bruce started by showing and telling us about BASH. This is
also known as the GNU Bourne Again Shell. He went through
the basic commands that are needed to navigate Linux without a
Graphical User Interface. Originally Linux had no GUI and the
CLI was where it all happened. We saw how to look at the "man
pages" to find out the command syntax and switch options. If
you want to see the commands you type man –k and they appear
on your screen. Bruce’s laptop only had 2,600 commands in his
CLI $PATH available. WOW!

He then discussed the dynamics of alias, pipe, more, less, type,
jobs, tar, su, echo $PATH, find, grep, which, and others. Unless
we were going to sit there jabbering until Midnight… Thankfully,
Bruce ended the presentation after a mere two hours. We barely
got past the basics of the extremely powerful Linux CLI.

COMMAND LINE RESOURCES:
FIND IT ALL HERE…

BASH (GNU Bourne Again Shell)
http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/bash.html

The Linux Documentation Project [Manual Pages]
http://www.tldp.org/

Linux Command Line Tutorials for Newbies
http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/cli.html

Learn the Linux Command Line
http://www.linuxcommand.org/

(20 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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