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Meet the Command Line


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by Dan Benjamin, System Developer of A List Apart.
Bonus PDF by Casimir Saternos.

The Meet the Command Line tutorial is for you if you’ve never used the Unix command line, or are learning it for the first time. (If you have, skip ahead to Advanced Command Line).

Navigating a text-based terminal can be intimidating at first, but experienced developer and systems administrator Dan Benjamin introduces it smoothly one concept at a time whether you’re currently using Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

In our 70 minute command line tutorial, you’ll learn about the basic assumptions of Unix, how to look for help, and how to confidently work with files, directories, and programs. Also included is a bonus 60 page PDF reference guide!

This screencast covers:

  • The Unix OS
  • Tips & Gotchas
  • Getting Help
  • Terminal Clients
  • Downloading the Samples
  • Installing the Developer Tools
  • Elements of the Prompt
  • File Paths
  • Arguments & Flags
  • Listing Files
  • Changing Directories
  • Pipes & Redirection
  • Archiving & Compression
  • Delete, Copy, Move
  • Managing Directories
  • The Superuser
  • Permissions
  • Remote Control
  • Transferring Files
  • Conclusion

Most PeepCode video tutorial assume that you know how to navigate the filesystem and issue commands. Most open source projects such as Ruby on Rails require similar knowledge as well. Watching this screencast will equip you to operate the command line confidently!

The Advanced Command Line tutorial covers more advanced command line topics for experienced developers.

Available as part of a PeepCode Unlimited subscription (including streaming on our iOS app!) Business plans are also available.


Suitable for anyone! No previous knowledge required.

Revision 1 (Notes) · Updated: May 28, 2009 · Length: 73 min · 176 MB

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