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A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 by Mark G. Sobell

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Basic Utilities

One of the important advantages of GNU/Linux and other variants of UNIX is that they come with several hundred utilities that perform many functions. You will use utilities whenever you use GNU/Linux, whether you use them directly by name from the command line or indirectly from a menu or icon. The following sections discuss some of the most basic and important utilities that you need to know. They are available from a character-based interface. Some of the more important utilities are also available from a GUI, and some are available only from a GUI.

The term directory is used extensively in the next sections. A directory is a resource that can hold files. On other operating systems, including MS Windows, a directory is referred ...

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