Many new Linux users will never know about the startx command. Why? Because most distributions use a graphical log in screen. But what happens when something goes wrong with the GUI log in? You use the startx command from the console. This article will introduce you to one very useful command.
The sudo command stands for “super user do” which effectively allows a standard Linux user another users’ permissions. Sudo allows users to do things normally associated with the super (or root) user. In this entry to the Linux Command Line series you will learn how to take advantage of sudo.
The dd command has many uses, but one of its most important is for disk cloning. With this command you can make an exact duplicate of your hard drive onto another hard drive (>= original disk size ). In this entry to the Linux Command Line series you will learn the basics of the dd command.
The Linux command line has a host of useful tools. One of those tools stands out as one of the most powerful. Grep is a handy way to search for lines matching a pattern. This tool allows you to find the proverbial needle in the haystack. In this Linux Command Line article you will learn how to grep.
Picture this: You have two text files you need to merge into one so you open both documents and copy paste the contents of one into the other. Imagine being able to do this without having to open a single file. That is what cat does. This article will show you how to merge two files with cat.
There are many ways to download files. But there is only one smart way to download from the command line – wget. The wget tool is a non-interactive network download tool that can download single files, recursively download entire directories, and even follow links.
You’ve downloaded that application you have been dying to try. Unfortunately the file ends with the .tgz extension and you have no idea what to do. That is a tar archive. Tar is one of the best archival tools available, and in this article you will learn how to use this must have utility.
As with every aspect of Linux, there are countless ways of handling tasks. And the task of compression is no exception. One of the best compression tools in Linux is bzip2/bunzip2. If you need to squeeze out the most possible compression bunzip2 should suit your needs.
With the Linux operating system, you can automate nearly any task with the help of crontab. Crontab maintains files that are used by the cron system which is at the heart of Linux automation. This article will show you how to master crontab with ease.
Linux has a number of tools that will help you find your files. One of the most powerful of those tools is “locate”. With the ability to search the entire file system, locate can find even the most obfuscated of files buried deep within the hierarchy of your Linux system.
Linux administration requires modifying permissions and ownership. Without such a tool as chown to alter ownership, applications such as Apache would have to be run as the root user – which would leave your server wide open. This article will introduce you to the tool to make this possible.
You have two files of employee records and you need to see how they differ. The diff command is an amazing utility that will show you the differences between two files or changes made between file revisions. This article will show you how to read what is often considered complex output of diff.
Without the mount and umount commands administering or using Linux would be a difficult task. These commands are in charge of making drives, CDs, floppies, etc available and unavailable for use. In this entry to the Linux Command Line series we will introduce you to mount/umount.
One of the many reasons for the strength of Linux security is permissions. Permissions allow users to read, write, or execute a file. Without the correct permissions a user may not be able to alter a file. In this Linux Command Line article you are going to learn the ins and outs of chmod.
The Linux operating system is one of the most amazingly flexible systems available. One tool that helps to make Linux so flexible is the “ln” command. The “ln” command allows the user to create links from one file to another. This Linux Command Line series entry will show you how to use ln.
The df command is an information-only command, but the information it returns to you is vital. What df tells you is how full your disk is? In this entry to the Bright Hub Linux Command Line series you will discover how to make use of df and keep track of your disks’ capacity.
The Linux Command Line is often thought of as a power-users only tool. That is not the case. The command line is a very useful tool for all users. In this entry to the Bright Hub Linux Command Line series you will be introduced to the Linux “rm” command which will help you remove files/directories.
Serious Linux administration often begins and ends with the command line. And one command you will find indispensable when working with the Linux file hierarchy is the “mkdir” command. This entry to the Linux Command Line series will introduce you to “mkdir”.
Working in the Linux command line interface wouldn’t be possible without the “cd” command. Without “cd” you would find yourself locked into a directory. This entry to the Brighthub Linux Command Line series will outline this necessary tool for the Linux command line toolkit.