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Chapter 28. Saving Time on the Command Line

28.1. What's Special About the Unix Command Line

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One of Unix's best features is the shell's command line. Why? Nearly every modern operating system has a command line; we don't use card readers with obscure job setup cards any more. What makes Unix's special?


The Unix shell command line allows lots of shortcuts. Some of these you'll find in other operating systems; some you won't. In this chapter, we'll introduce a lot of these shortcuts. Among other things, we'll discuss:


Some fundamental command-line features that we aren't discussing in this chapter, but which are discussed elsewhere, are:


You don't need to be a command-line virtuoso to use Unix effectively. But you'd be surprised at how much you can do with a few tricks. If all you can do at the command line is type ls or start Mozilla or the Gimp, you're missing out on a lot.


-- ML

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