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CLI for Noobies: A Primer on the Linux Command Line (Digital Short Cut)

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  • Copyright 2008
  • Dimensions: 8x10
  • Pages: 347
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-236170-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-236170-5

The Command Line Interface (CLI) is your window into the soul of Linux. At the CLI, you learn how Linux thinks and why it behaves as it does. However, the CLI has a reputation for being difficult to learn and tends to frighten the uninitiated. In CLI for Noobies, Joe Barr explains why the CLI provides the easiest, quickest way to do whatever needs to be done. This book is aimed directly at those just coming to Linux from other environments and covers topics that will make them more comfortable running Linux on their desktop. Topics include Shell commands, applications and tools, networking and security, as well as fun and games.

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Table of Contents


SECTION 1: In the Shell

1 What the Hell is a Shell?

2 Alias, Cat, Grep, and Pipe

3 All About Files

4 Man for Hier: The File System Hierarchy

5 Everything's a File

6 Helpful Tips and Tricks

7 Permissions: Mother, May I?

8 Directory Assistance, How May I Help You?

9 what is apropos?

10 background, foreground, suspend

11 Watch That File

12 Sudo Voodoo

13 Test This Command

14 Not Your Father's Batch

15 Need Redirection?

16 Sort Like This

17 Symbolic Links

18 Taming a Wild Mount

19 Sharing More with Sysctl

20 Pimp Your Prompt

21 Environmental Issues

22 The Lowdown on Top

23 Who Sed That?

24 Shutdown

25 ldconfig and Friends

26 locate, slocate, and rlocate

27 Information, Please

28 GNU Find

29 lsof

30 Shell Programming

SECTION 2: Applications and Tools

31 Making and Melting tarballs

32 The Magic Mantra: configure, make, and make install

33 Got Backup?

34 Don't Forget a Birthday

35 cal and calendar

36 CheckInstall

37 Hack the Comment

38 Lay Down the Law with Edict

39 Hdparm and the Zen of Data Transfer

40 Hexdump Unlocks Mysteries

41 Ispell

42 Surfing with Lynx

43 A Little Mirdir, My Dear?

44 Import, Display, Mogrify

45 Rec, Play, and Nice

46 Say What, Saytime

47 Antiword

48 Looking for Strings in all the Wrong Places

49 Recycle Your Shell

SECTION 3: Networking and Security

50 Dig ifconfig and Ping

51 FTP Moves Files

52 The Key to GnuPG

53 Sending and Reading Secret Mail

54 Cryptographic Signatures

55 OpenSSH

56 Passwd and Passwords

57 John the Ripper

58 Route

59 More About ifconfig

60 Netcat

61 Tcpdump

62 The Word on Wget

63 Rsync for Backups

64 Trojanscan

SECTION 4: Fun and Games

65 Aldo Talks in Code

66 Three Clocks for the CLI

67 Have Fun with ESR

68 Let's Play Go!

69 Mmmm Pizza


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