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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Appendix A. Common Linux Commands

In This Appendix

  • Archiving and compression commands

  • Communication commands

  • File commands

  • System control commands

Computing novices often marvel at the keyboard dance Linux experts typically perform. Sure, these experts know about modern advances like the mouse and graphical interface, but these keyboard musicians prefer the home keys and find that they can work faster that way. It takes some time to reach this level of proficiency, but every expert was a novice at one time, and any novice can become an expert with plenty of practice.

In this appendix, you find the commands listed by themes, according to what they can actually do for you.

So, read on — and dazzle your friends with your command-prompt finesse. When they ask you how and where you figured out all those commands, just smile and mumble something about the voices in your head — and, of course, keep this section dog-eared and within reach of your computer.

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