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What's the best way to learn the command console?
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Blackfish


Joined: 26 Feb 2014
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Location: Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar 2014, 05:50    Post subject:  What's the best way to learn the command console?  

I am off and running with great success with Puppy Linux 5.7.1. I have zero problems understanding how to get things done, and every time I sit down to work with any of my Linux installations (Puppy; openSUSE; UBUNTU; MINT) I am 100% productive. Whether it's installing one of them, connecting to the Internet -- whatever task I need to complete--it's just a breeze for me. Thanks, Linux!

As for Puppy, I installed him on a big flash drive and simply run him from there, saving all my files and sessions as I get my work done. Then I unplug Puppy and put him in a safe place -- and that's that. I absolutely love it. It's a dream come true for me. I have wanted something like this ever since I started using computers.

I suppose, the next logical thing to do here is learn the command line? That would be my best guess. I started out a couple of weeks ago, before I found Puppy, learning a few simple commands on openSUSE, UBUNTU, and MINT. Then I got to Puppy, and I notice that for some of these operating systems, the terminal looks quite different. For example, with Puppy, all I see when opening up the console is, #. And with openSUSE it's something else, and with UBUNTU it's a / and a tilda, and so on (I may not have remembered the commands and comments the way I saw them, but you get the idea... I have no idea what I am doing!).

I tried learning some simple commands, like poweroff, halt, and etc. I entered them in openSUSE the way I started to learn them, and they worked fine. Then, going to another operating system, I put in the commands the way I learned them and--no love. For example, I tried poweroff with Puppy, and I get a comment, "must be root". I thought root was a forward slash, and so I put a forward slash in front of it, and it then tells me there is no such command. Yikes! I am frustrated and confused. Is there anyone who can help? What is the best way for this absolute newbie to learn Linux commands? Do I need to stick with one operating system until I get the hang of it? Is that the best way? What about learning materials? What is the best book to read or video to watch or tutorial to help me get the hang of it? It's been a couple of weeks now, and this is getting quite nerve wracking. I need to make some progress soon or I'm just gonna lose all hope (actually, I won't lose all hope, but that's what it feels like). Any good help out there?
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Semme

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar 2014, 11:35    Post subject:  

Hey, Blackfish.. a few to get'choo started. It boils down to get'n yer fangers dirty.

Defunct site with a broad range of info. Some dated, some relevant.

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=44123

http://www.fprimex.com/linux/console-intro.html

http://bash.cyberciti.biz/guide/Main_Page

commandlinefu<dot>com

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Blackfish


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PostPosted: Tue 11 Mar 2014, 03:22    Post subject: Progress!
Subject description: Finally Learning & Understanding Command Line Interface
 

Semme, thanks for the links and the help. In addition to the cool stuff you have posted here, I have gone elsewhere to learn more about Command Line Interface. A piece here and a piece there is helping me piece it all together and start to get the job done. I am rolling.
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8-bit


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PostPosted: Wed 12 Mar 2014, 01:46    Post subject:  

Maybe too many Linux versions? In Puppy, unless you changed to user Spot, the poweroff command from a terminal should work since by default, in Puppy one runs as user root.
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musher0


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PostPosted: Wed 12 Mar 2014, 03:15    Post subject:  

Hello, BlackFish.

The answer to your question is... practice! Wink

Best regards.

musher0

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amigo

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PostPosted: Wed 12 Mar 2014, 13:32    Post subject:  

Lesson 1. What does 'root' mean?
There are three things about Linux/UNIX called root:
a. the user with the login name 'root' -usually the sys admin.
b. The user root's HOME folder is usually '/root' The slash means that is the path to the folder.
c. The root of the file system/partition is '/' -pronounced 'root'.

The verb 'rooting' refers to gaining control of an android device -usually by re-flashing the boot ROM of the device.
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Blackfish


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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar 2014, 02:46    Post subject: I've Found That Out
Subject description: Praticing CLI
 

musher0 wrote:
Hello, BlackFish.

The answer to your question is... practice! Wink

Best regards.

musher0


Yes, I've found that out. I find that a piece from here and a bit from there is the way to go. And doing the same things over and over again to memorize the processes always leads to more understanding and a better command of the subject.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar 2014, 11:22    Post subject:  

Hello again, BlackFish.

Ah yes, the memory -- the intellectual faculty that forgets!...

It helps me to have by my computer a little notepad, in which I write down new commands,
handy tricks, etc., as I try them. Other people use a daily log book in which they write:
"Today, I experimented with this sequence, with these results."

Console commands cover many subjects, we can't expect to remember everything.

BFN.

musher0

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don570


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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar 2014, 15:50    Post subject:  

Don't forget to install Bash manual

Available here...

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=80501

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