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13.13. Using Multiple Commands

Linux allows you to enter multiple commands at one time. The only requirement is that you separate the commands with a semicolon.

Suppose you have downloaded a new file called foobar-1.3-2.i386.rpm, and you want to put it in a new subdirectory within your home directory called rpms/, but the subdirectory has not been created. You can combine both the creation of the rpms/ directory and the moving of your downloaded file into the directory by typing the following at a shell prompt:

mkdir rpms/; mv foobar-1.3-2.i386.rpm rpms/

Running the combination of commands creates the directory and moves the file in one line.

 
 
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