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2.5.4. Files

  • Change directory to / and then to etc. Type ls; if the output is longer than your screen, make the window longer, or try Shift+PageUp and Shift+PageDown.

    The file inittab contains the answer to the first question in this list. Try the file command on it.

    -> The file type of my inittab is .....

  • Use the command cat inittab and read the file.

    -> What is the default mode of your computer?

  • Return to your home directory using the cd command.

  • Enter the command file .

    -> Does this help to find the meaning of "."?

  • Can you look at "." using the cat command?

  • Display help for the cat program, using the --help option. Use the option for numbering of output lines to count how many users are listed in the file /etc/passwd.

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