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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Essential Console Applications

Jun 21, 2000, 15:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"...cases where your only friend is that $ prompt, which you can su into a #. You will, sooner or later, face it yourself. The time to prepare for that day is now. A broken system does not present the ideal milieu for exploring the joys of new applications. And, as in the foggy distant past when Windows 3.0 got released and, once the user learned to tip-toe around UAEs, DOS skills disappeared, the increasingly elaborate new graphical desktops for Linux impart complacency insofar as fundamental Linux skills are concerned."

"Linux lets you do very nearly everything from a simple command prompt, if you know the right commands. I don't know them all. Do you? Did you know that the chmod command recurses directories if you apply the -R option, while other commands do the same thing if you apply the -r option? And if you do, do you use these commands with sufficient frequency that you will remember them in the pinch? Me neither. Man pages are often helpful, but they are also sometimes a little obscure, which shortcoming is magnified when the person reading them is in high panic."

"Most everyone has a favorite terminal application. ... But here we'll deal only with the tools necessary to fix what's broken, that which keeps you out of those nice, easy-to-use X apps, the programs that ought to be on every system. Some of them have equivalents that aren't mentioned, and if you're comfortable with one of those, fine. These are the ones that work for me."

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