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Linux for Makers, 1st Edition by Aaron Newcomb

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Chapter 4. Command-Line Basics

In this chapter, I will show you some basic ways to use the command line that work whether you are running a terminal emulator on the desktop or have a keyboard and monitor plugged directly into your Raspberry Pi. Over the years, many tricks and shortcuts have been built into the Linux operating system to make using the command line quick and easy. Let’s take a look at some of the first things every Maker should know how to do when they land on the command line.

Understanding the Prompt

The prompt is the indicator on the command line that shows where you are on the screen. In other words, the computer is “prompting” you to type something at a specific place. The prompt won’t appear until you are logged in to ...

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