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Old 05-10-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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What tasks should every linux user know how to do?


As a way for me to learn Linux, help organize, and visualize what tasks I and other new Linux users need to be able accomplish, can you help me compile a list of tasks that every proficient linux user should be capable of doing?

Having learned how to do such beginner commands and their options as:
cd
pwd
mkdir
rm
rmdir
cp
mv
ls
less
cat

etc

I'm having a difficult time trying to determine which direction I should go, what commands I should know, what I need to learn.

does anyone have any suggestions?
As a linux newb I just thought it would be nice if there were perhaps a list of challenges to help measure my aptitude on such things as this. Something I could use as a guide to measure where I need to improve and perhaps open my eyes to things I didn't even know about.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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Do you mean only user stuff or do you also want to learn about administration?

A nice thing to learn is shell scripting, it will be useful for both, users and administrators.

As a user you might want to learn to use some more advanced tools, like grep, find, awk, sed. It all depends on the tasks you will be doing, But knowing a bit about these will never hurt, they can come in handy in lots of circumstances.

As an administrator you might be interested in learning how to setup your own firewall using iptables, setting up ssh, a domestic web/file server... there are lots of possibilities.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 11:35 PM   #3
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You should be able to:
Open the apps you use.
Find your files.
Perform other tasks that you need to perform. Not knowing anything about what you do, we could guess that you might need to:
Print
Scan
Create folders
Create new users
and potentially many other things....
 
Old 05-11-2009, 03:59 AM   #4
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This is worth going through: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
Pick the stuff applicable to yourself.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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You should be able to:
Open the apps you use.
Find your files.
Perform other tasks that you need to perform. Not knowing anything about what you do, we could guess that you might need to:
Print
Scan
Create folders
Create new users
and potentially many other things....
Hmmm I was looking for things slightly more advanced... although scanning is certainly something to look into...
 
Old 05-11-2009, 12:05 PM   #6
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Do you mean only user stuff or do you also want to learn about administration?

A nice thing to learn is shell scripting, it will be useful for both, users and administrators.

As a user you might want to learn to use some more advanced tools, like grep, find, awk, sed. It all depends on the tasks you will be doing, But knowing a bit about these will never hurt, they can come in handy in lots of circumstances.

As an administrator you might be interested in learning how to setup your own firewall using iptables, setting up ssh, a domestic web/file server... there are lots of possibilities.
Both as a user and an admin, I'd really like to have an overall knowledge of the OS... not just from the user perspective, I'd like to feel like I know the OS in and out and can completely understand it.

What does what, what can it do, what can't it do, what goes where, how do i do that... I wanna know the long ways and the shortcuts...
 
Old 05-11-2009, 12:07 PM   #7
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This is worth going through: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
Pick the stuff applicable to yourself.
Wow... seems like i'm gonna be busy for a while...
 
Old 05-11-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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mount, chown, chgrp, chmod
"pipes" (e.g.: apt-get upgrade -s > save.txt)

man apt-get or man aptitude
wodim, icedax, genisoimage(if not using debian its cdrtools i think)
abcde, ripit, xmms2; mocp, ogg123, mp123 etc.

if you don`t allready do so you might wanna have a look at vim.

just some ideas based on what i do day to day or try to learn.
greetings
 
Old 05-11-2009, 04:29 PM   #9
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mount, chown, chgrp, chmod
"pipes" (e.g.: apt-get upgrade -s > save.txt)

man apt-get or man aptitude
wodim, icedax, genisoimage(if not using debian its cdrtools i think)
abcde, ripit, xmms2; mocp, ogg123, mp123 etc.

if you don`t allready do so you might wanna have a look at vim.

just some ideas based on what i do day to day or try to learn.
greetings
yes these are all great examples, i'm fermilure with most but there are a few i don't know and i should probably delve a lil deeper into most... great list, thanks...
 
Old 05-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #10
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a few commands you should be familiar with.

man - used to view manual pages for commands

apropos - used to locate commands to do certain functions if you don' t know the name of the command..

grep - pattern matching, My most common use is for limiting search results..

try the two following commands and go from there..

apropos copy


apropos copy | grep file

Last edited by farslayer; 05-11-2009 at 11:42 PM.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 09:00 PM   #11
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Well you asked
Anyway, when you've absorbed that lot, take a look at the guides here : http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_boo...ion/index.html

Just remember to breathe !

The other popular way to learn is to start trying to answer qns here at LQ. Doesn't matter if you actually answer them, but researching the qns will teach you a lot, not to mention the answers that are posted.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 09:49 PM   #12
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Well you asked
Anyway, when you've absorbed that lot, take a look at the guides here : http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_boo...ion/index.html

Just remember to breathe !

The other popular way to learn is to start trying to answer qns here at LQ. Doesn't matter if you actually answer them, but researching the qns will teach you a lot, not to mention the answers that are posted.

thanks again chrism01

and i like your advice about answering the questions... I'll have to do that once I come up for air from this dumptruck of commands you've dropped on me
 
  


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