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The Top Ten Command Window Tips

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by Whil Hentzen
Length: 11 pgs
Formats Available: PDF
Press date: 2004/5/10
Source code: N/A

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Power users can go a long way just using the graphical user interface (GUI) running on top of Linux. You can use the GUI for just about everything, from making changes to the system configuration to launching programs. However, the GUI is a fairly recent addition to the Linux world. Many hard-core and experienced users never use the GUI, and there are uses for Linux for which a GUI would be out of place. This GUI-less world sports an interface that can be entered by using a tool similar to the Windows command window or DOS prompt. In this whitepaper, I’ll discuss how to get under the hood by using the Linux command window.

Table of Contents

1. Preface
1.1. Copyright
1.2. Revisions
1.2.1. History
1.2.2. New version
1.2.3. Feedback and Corrections
1.3. Acknowledgements
1.4. Disclaimer
1.5. Prerequisites

2. The One Billion Names for the Command Window

3. The Command Window title bar

4. The Command prompt

5. Command prompts for root vs. regular users

6. Customize your prompt
6.1. Customize your prompt string
6.2. Customize your prompt colors

7. Accessing root inside the Command Window
7.1. Change to root
7.2. Change from root back to the regular user

8. Commands are sensitive - case-sensitive, that is

9. Move through command history

10. String completion

11. Multiple command windows

12. Command Window attributes

13. Where to go for more information

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