Working with the Command-Line Interface

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•   Explain the operation of the command-line interface in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

•   Manipulate files from the command line

•   Execute fundamental commands from the Windows command line

•   Execute fundamental commands from the Mac OS X and Linux Terminal

Whenever I teach a class of new techs and we get to the section on working with the command line, I’m invariably met with a chorus of moans and a barrage of questions and statements like “Why do we need to learn this old stuff?” and “Is this ritualistic hazing appropriate in an IT class?”

For techs who master the interface, the command line provides a powerful, quick, and flexible tool for working ...

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