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Starting Up the Terminal

The terminal can be found by clicking Accessories in the Launcher to find Terminal. When it first launches, you will see something similar to what Figure A-1 shows.

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Figure A-1 The terminal window

You will see a blinking cursor immediately preceded by some letters, and perhaps numbers and symbols, ending with a $. The first word in that string of characters is your username, followed by the @ symbol. After the @, the hostname of your computer is listed, followed by a colon and the name of the directory you are currently in (you always start in your home directory, which is represented by a ~ symbol).

There are many dozens of commands. This appendix presents just a few useful ones in a narrative style to get you started, then lists some more with just a basic description and broken down by category.

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