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jpauls104 06-30-2003 08:42 PM

Hidden Linux Commands
I am an informed linux baggie (cooler word for newb (comes from gamespy (I play halo online all the time)escaping)a.d.d)

I am a huge fan of the command prompt, but I don't know all the commands that exist, and I love finding new ones. The trouble is, I find a new command and I run it - oops, what did that just do.

Is there a list of all/most of the common linux commands?

ex. ./fortune - reboot (ha) - make - make install - grep

Oh yeah, and I use slack - thats why i'm in this forum.

labr@ 06-30-2003 09:29 PM

contrasutra 06-30-2003 09:45 PM

There are probobly like 5000 commands. Theres rarely just a list of all of them. But:

And remember : "man [command]". You should do that before you actually execute an unknown command.

You dont want to go around "rm -rf /"-ing.

fancypiper 06-30-2003 09:47 PM

Directory of Linux Commands

jpauls104 07-01-2003 06:16 PM

Thank you people, I love you all.

ps. I have erased my entire windows box from my slackware box via remove -r along with samba. Then I found out why people use permissions.

2damncommon 07-01-2003 07:40 PM


I am an informed linux baggie
Is that a freezer baggie or a sandwich baggie?
I agree that noob is terrible. But I am not sure baggie is better.
What Linux "commands" are available equals what command line programs you have installed. Although there are many common ones there are also many not so common ones that you may need to install yourself. So it is not entirely a question of "what secret commands are hidden in Linux", though it does seem that way.

quietguy47 07-01-2003 08:41 PM

Check out some of the links in fancypiper's sig. You'll learn alot from them.

jpauls104 07-01-2003 08:47 PM

Baggie. Me and my friends will play halo online via gamespy. And everyone has their own avitars. The newbs avitars were a picture of a guy with a bag over their head. We started calling them baggies. Now we use baggie all the time instead of newb. I hear a lot of people also saying this trendy new word. So please, continue the trend by playing halo, and saying "BAGGIE".

Don't get all technical on the aspects of programs installed on linux. I know all that. I'm was just looking for a list of common ones. Which apparently they exist. For instance: "cal" was a real winner. Who ever knew that there was a text base calendar. My friends were impressed.

jpauls104 07-01-2003 09:00 PM

Did you notice how many views this section got because I named it Hidden Linux Commands? Oops. I should go into advertising.

carboncopy 07-01-2003 09:37 PM

Get this book:

Linux in a Nutshell

jpauls104 07-01-2003 09:43 PM

BOOK! I won't even touch e-books. I rely on online documentation/people. Actually, I used to have access to almost all the oreilly computer books... but hey, not no more. I love those things, I swear those are the best books ever made. Apache was awesome, sys administration was cool. Thankyou! I just might do that. I am going to do that. I will do it now!

Tinkster 07-01-2003 11:09 PM


Originally posted by jpauls104
Thank you people, I love you all.

ps. I have erased my entire windows box from my slackware box via remove -r along with samba. Then I found out why people use permissions.

Or don't work as root ;)


Cerbere 07-01-2003 11:34 PM

Here's a link:

--- Cerbere

knute 07-02-2003 02:27 PM

Then there's all the aliases that most of us have set up for doing things that
we do normally.

ls -l turns into ll
ls -a turns into la
etc, etc, etc

tipaul 07-02-2003 03:19 PM

Nix Commands Reference Card!!!
I Just stumble over this:

...Printed and kept near the keyboard!!! :study:

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