Chapter 24. Utility Programs

As you have seen in other chapters, Linux is a very powerful operating system, and it comes with an endless supply of software. I use the word software to refer collectively to user commands and programs. Most Linux distributions include two to four CD-ROMs (beyond the required) packed full of software and source code. If you do not find the software you are looking for, chances are it exists somewhere on the Internet.

Most of what is covered in this chapter pertains to the Linux user commands, with a couple of side trips to some specialized programs.


Linux, a UNIX look-alike, provides for small, very focused commands. The concept is simple and straightforward—the idea is to be able to tie programs together. ...

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