Chapter 4 Working on the Command Line

The lowest common denominator across all versions and implementations of Linux is the command line. This chapter provides you with the core set of skills that you must know in order to be able to work effectively with any Linux implementation.

Basics of the Command Line

To understand the command line and work there effectively, you must understand the processes that are taking place. Within Linux, the shell is the command interpreter. It takes commands that a user gives, processes them (or sends them to the appropriate utility/interacts with the kernel), and formats the finished results for the user. Thus, the shell is the mediator between the operating system and the user. Not only ...

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