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O'Reilly Network: Top 10 Tips for Linux Users

Sep 02, 2000, 17:33 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ellen Siever)
  1. "Switch to another console. Linux lets you use "virtual consoles" to log on to multiple sessions simultaneously, so you can do more than one operation or log on as another user. Logging on to another virtual console is like sitting down and logging in at a different physical terminal, except you are actually at one terminal, switching between login sessions."
  2. "Temporarily use a different shell. Every user account has a shell associated with it. The default Linux shell is bash; a popular alternative is tcsh. The last field of the password table (/etc/passwd) entry for an account contains the login shell information. You can get the information by checking the password table, or you can use the finger command."
  3. "Print a man page. Here are a few useful tips for viewing or printing manpages:

    To print a manpage, run the command:

    man | col -b | lpr

    The col -b command removes any backspace or other characters that would make the printed manpage difficult to read."

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