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From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line by Peter Stephenson, Jerry Peek, Oliver Kiddle

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CHAPTER 8Files and Directories

This chapter talks a bit more about files and directories and what the shell can do with them. Refer back to the section "The Filesystem: Directories, Pathnames" in Chapter 1 for an introduction to files if you're vague on the basics. Specifically, the topics covered in this chapter include

  • Exploring the various types of files present in a Unix filesystem
  • Learning how to make one type of file, links, work for you
  • Finding files and commands
  • Making changing directories easier
  • Referring to directories in a shortened form in both shells, particularly zsh
  • Using braces to expand a set of filenames (or other arguments) without repeatedly typing the same text
  • Redirecting the input and output of commands

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