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It will be easier for me to remember a given command if I could associate a word or praise with it.
chmod is "change mode"
wc is "word count"
cd is "change directory"
su is "substitute user"
The man page doesn't typically provide this specific phrase, but often hints at it. I could make a phrase up and I think I am correct with all of the above except maybe wc, but I would rather use the "official" phrase if such a thing exists.
Is there a way to get this phrase through the command line? If not, has anyone seen such a list published?
When writing my original post, I original put down "super user", but then looked at the man page, and changed it as it doesn't necessarily apply to only a super user. That being said, I "think" super user.
SU(1) User Commands SU(1)
su - run a shell with substitute user and group IDs
When I first started I got "Linux in a Nutshell". It was a book that just made things easier for me. It was kind of like a dictionary of commands. I could refer to it easily, and I did so often. There are others that are equally as good, I'm sure, but that was like my Linux bible.
Most cmd names are acronyms or abbreviations or alternate words, but you may need to read the start of the relevant man page if you can't guess it.
Switches are tougher because the 'obvious' word to describe what a switch does may already be taken by another switch.
I went one step further in my effort to remember commands and how to use them.
For those seldom used (and not well remembered), I created a Linux folder in my Documents folder. Then I created subfolders for Awk, Bash, etc. As I browsed the web and found examples, tutorials, user guides, etc., I saved the html pages in the appropriate subfolder.
Now, when I need to use one of those commands that I don't remember well, I look first in those folders. If I don't find what I need, then I browse the internet, and add my findings to my collection.