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2.2. Absolute basics

2.2.1. The commands

These are the quickies, which we need to get started; we will discuss them later in more detail.

Table 2-1. Quickstart commands

Command Meaning
ls

Displays a list of files in the current working directory, like the dir command in DOS

cd directory

change directories

passwd change the password for the current user
file filename display file type of file with name filename
cat textfile throws content of textfile on the screen
pwd display present working directory
exit or logout leave this session
man command read man pages on command
info command read Info pages on command
apropos string search the whatis database for strings
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