Chapter 6. Helpful Tips and Tricks

This chapter is all about tips and tricks from the command line. The only thing they share is that at times they can be useful for life on the CLI-frontier.

Most are exceedingly easy to learn and to use. But as always, be sure and do a man or info on each command to fill in the gaps.

The last tip takes you a little deeper than we’ve been before. It will be an initiation of sorts. But don’t worry. You can handle it.

When Less Is More

There is a very handy program included in most Linux distributions called more. Like many other things, it came to Linux via BSD.

It’s used to display the contents of a text file one screen at a time, rather than simply dumping the entire file to the terminal. If you recall, that’s what ...

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