Linux Command Line

Video description

5+ Hours of Video Instruction


The Linux Command Line Interface (CLI) is a powerful tool for users, developers, and administrators. Quick changes to a system with no Graphical Interface such as many servers or some recovery tasks, can be accomplished with command line tools. Repetitive tasks such as file management and local access control changes can be dome more efficiently from the command line than through a point and click interface. Learning to use the Linux CLI also prepares for full automation with scripting tools.

Linux Command Line Complete Video Course introduces common utilities used at the Linux command line. While learning commands for specific tasks, you will obtain greater confidence navigating the Linux filesystem, understand how to locate and edit files, use Bash shell features for efficiency and automation, and be able to use built-in help for further exploration.

About the Instructor

Susan Lauber has over 20 years experience in Information Systems from data analyst to network operating systems support to curriculum design. She currently focuses on training and consulting in just about anything OpenSource and holds all positions in her own company, Lauber System Solutions, Inc. Susan has a Masters in Information Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). She is an independent instructor for both Cloudera, Inc. and Red Hat, Inc. holding an alphabet of certifications in those products including CCAH, CCSHB, RHCA, RHCSS, RHCVA, RHCE, and RHCX. She is also a Fedora Ambassador and contributes to OpenSource projects mostly by way of documentation and QA processes.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

What You Will Learn

  • Obtain greater confidence navigating the Linux filesystem.
  • Be able to locate and edit files from the Linux command line.
  • Use Bash shell features for efficiency and automation.
  • Be able to use built in help for further exploration.

Who Should Take This Course

  • New users of the Linux command line.
  • System administrators with limited command line experience or developers more comfortable with an IDE.

Course Requirements

  • General System Administration experience, preferably with Linux System Administration experience, but not required.
  • An understanding of files versus directories and why access control is important.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Linux Command Line: Introduction 00:03:12
  2. Lesson 1: Accessing the Linux Command Line Interface
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:51
    2. 1.1 Understand the uses of the Linux command line interface 00:06:54
    3. 1.2 Access the command line locally: Text login 00:02:41
    4. 1.3 Access the command line locally: GNOME menus (CentOS) 00:02:34
    5. 1.4 Access the command line locally: GNOME Shell (Fedora) 00:02:16
    6. 1.5 Access the command line locally: KDE (Kubuntu) 00:02:23
    7. 1.6 Access the command line remotely: ssh command (Linux or Mac OSX) 00:01:59
    8. 1.7 Access the command line remotely: Graphical program 00:02:36
    9. 1.8 Run commands from the bash shell 00:04:17
    10. 1.9 Bash tip: Recall previous commands with history shortcuts 00:04:36
  3. Lesson 2: Getting Help Within the System
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:44
    2. 2.1 Use the man pages 00:06:43
    3. 2.2 Navigate the info pages 00:06:15
    4. 2.3 View syntax with --help 00:04:17
    5. 2.4 Identify available documentation with whatis and man -k 00:05:02
    6. 2.5 Bash tip: Interpret usage syntax 00:05:58
  4. Lesson 3: Manipulating Files
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:36
    2. 3.1 Understand navigation 00:10:30
    3. 3.2 Read files 00:12:28
    4. 3.3 Organize files 00:24:24
    5. 3.4 Bash tip: Less typing with TAB completion 00:05:41
  5. Lesson 4: Managing a Large Number of Files
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:32
    2. 4.1 Use filename-expansion wildcards to organize files 00:11:32
    3. 4.2 Archive files with tar and gzip 00:13:46
    4. 4.3 Transfer files to or from a remote system with scp and rsync 00:07:00
    5. 4.4 Download files from a remote system with wget or curl 00:05:24
    6. 4.5 Bash tip: Use echo to preview command expansion 00:02:41
  6. Lesson 5: Editing Files from the Command Line
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:47
    2. 5.1 Choose an editor 00:02:27
    3. 5.2 Edit files with nano 00:06:32
    4. 5.3 Edit files with vim 00:13:01
    5. 5.4 Advanced edits with vim and sed 00:21:28
    6. 5.5 Bash tip: Set the default editor 00:02:03
  7. Lesson 6: Access Control: Basic File Permissions
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:31
    2. 6.1 View basic permissions 00:16:13
    3. 6.2 Identify owner and group membership 00:03:11
    4. 6.3 Escalate privilege with su and sudo 00:09:05
    5. 6.4 Change file permissions 00:09:18
    6. 6.5 Change file owner and group 00:04:34
    7. 6.6 Bash tip: String commands together 00:03:53
  8. Lesson 7: Locating Files on the System
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:52
    2. 7.1 Use locate to find files by name 00:03:04
    3. 7.2 Use find to locate files by name, date, owner, size, and more 00:11:05
    4. 7.3 Identify text files containing a specific string using grep 00:07:20
    5. 7.4 Search the content of a file for patterns 00:15:30
    6. 7.5 Bash tip: Protect special characters with quotes 00:04:44
  9. Lesson 8: Process Management
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:40
    2. 8.1 List processes running on a system 00:10:21
    3. 8.2 Manage a running process 00:09:40
    4. 8.3 View available system resources 00:06:24
    5. 8.4 Save the output of a command to a file 00:09:45
    6. 8.5 Bash tip: Use command substitution 00:03:30
  10. Lesson 9: Basic bash Shell Configuration
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:52
    2. 9.1 Create shortcuts with alias 00:05:12
    3. 9.2 Customize environment variables 00:07:29
    4. 9.3 Configure shell options 00:06:19
    5. 9.4 Save configuration by editing login and shell startup scripts 00:09:42
  11. Summary
    1. Linux Command Line: Summary 00:01:49

Product information

  • Title: Linux Command Line
  • Author(s): Susan Lauber
  • Release date: April 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134445538