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

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

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  • Published Jul 17, 2007 by Pearson.

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  • Copyright 2008
  • 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

1What the Hell is a Shell?

2Alias, Cat, Grep, and Pipe

3All About Files

4Man for Hier: The File System Hierarchy

5Everything's a File

6Helpful Tips and Tricks

7Permissions: Mother, May I?

8Directory Assistance, How May I Help You?

9what is apropos?

10background, foreground, suspend

11Watch That File

12Sudo Voodoo

13Test This Command

14Not Your Father's Batch

15Need Redirection?

16Sort Like This

17Symbolic Links

18Taming a Wild Mount

19Sharing More with Sysctl

20Pimp Your Prompt

21Environmental Issues

22The Lowdown on Top

23Who Sed That?


25ldconfig and Friends

26locate, slocate, and rlocate

27Information, Please

28GNU Find


30Shell Programming

SECTION 2: Applications and Tools

31Making and Melting tarballs

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

33Got Backup?

34Don't Forget a Birthday

35cal and calendar


37Hack the Comment

38Lay Down the Law with Edict

39Hdparm and the Zen of Data Transfer

40Hexdump Unlocks Mysteries


42Surfing with Lynx

43A Little Mirdir, My Dear?

44Import, Display, Mogrify

45Rec, Play, and Nice

46Say What, Saytime


48Looking for Strings in all the Wrong Places

49Recycle Your Shell

SECTION 3: Networking and Security

50Dig ifconfig and Ping

51FTP Moves Files

52The Key to GnuPG

53Sending and Reading Secret Mail

54Cryptographic Signatures


56Passwd and Passwords

57John the Ripper


59More About ifconfig



62The Word on Wget

63Rsync for Backups


SECTION 4: Fun and Games

65Aldo Talks in Code

66Three Clocks for the CLI

67Have Fun with ESR

68Let's Play Go!

69Mmmm Pizza


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