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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Chapter 5

Using the Linux Shell

In This Chapter

arrow Exploring the Linux file system

arrow Creating, removing, and browsing files and directories

arrow Discovering and installing great free software

arrow Managing user accounts on your Raspberry Pi

arrow Customizing your shell with your own commands

You’ve already had a glimpse of the Linux shell: It’s the text-based way of issuing instructions to your Raspberry Pi. When you switch on your Raspberry Pi, the shell is the first thing you see, and it’s where you type startx if you want to enter the desktop environment. The shell on the Raspberry Pi is called Bash, which is used in most other Linux distributions too. Its name is short for Bourne Again Shell, a pun because it was created to replace the Bourne shell.

In this chapter, you learn how to use the shell to manage your Raspberry Pi. There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to learn how to use the shell. Most importantly, it’s a faster solution for certain tasks than the desktop environment is. Learning ...

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