Skip to main content

Linux Commands Directory

Why Bother?

Why do you need to learn the command line anyway? Well, let me tell you a story. A few years ago we had a problem where I used to work. There was a shared drive on one of our file servers that kept getting full. I won't mention that this legacy operating system did not support user quotas; that's another story. But the server kept getting full and it stopped people from working. One of our software engineers spent the better part of a day writing a C++ program that would look through all the user's directories and add up the space they were using and make a listing of the results. Since I was forced to use the legacy OS while I was on the job, I installed a Linux-like command line environment for it. When I heard about the problem, I realized I could do all the work this engineer had done with this single line:


du -s * | sort -nr > $HOME/user_space_report.txt
 
Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are helpful for many tasks, but they are not good for all tasks. I have long felt that most computers today are not powered by electricity. They instead seem to be powered by the "pumping" motion of the mouse! Computers were supposed to free us from manual labor, but how many times have you performed some task you felt sure the computer should be able to do but you ended up doing the work yourself by tediously working the mouse? Pointing and clicking, pointing and clicking.
I once heard an author say that when you are a child you use a computer by looking at the pictures. When you grow up, you learn to read and write.

Here is a complete linux command reference:

Linux Command Directory



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

CentOS / Redhat : Configure CentOS as a Software Router with two interfaces

Linux can be easily configured to share an internet connection using iptables. All you need to have is, two network interface cards as follows: a) Your internal (LAN) network connected via eth0 with static ip address 192.168.0.1 b) Your external WAN) network is connected via eth1 with static ip address 10.10.10.1  ( public IP provided by ISP ) Please note that interface eth1 may have public IP address or IP assigned by ISP. eth1 may be connected to a dedicated DSL / ADSL / WAN / Cable router: Step # 1: Enable Packet Forwarding Login as the root user. Open /etc/sysctl.conf file # vi /etc/sysctl.conf Add the following line to enable packet forwarding for IPv4: net.ipv4.conf.default.forwarding=1 Save and close the file. Restart networking: # service network restart Step # 2: Enable IP masquerading In Linux networking, Network Address Translation (NAT) or Network Masquerading (IP Masquerading) is a technique of transceivin

Virtual Box and Alt/Tab Keys

I use virtual box for all my testing activities. It comes too often that I have a virtual box VM window open & I want to switch to my host machine to see some stuff like tutorials etc.. If you press the alt+tab combination it just works inside the VM & doesn't switches to host machine. In these scenarios you can press the host key once ( not hold it ) & then whatever you press goes to host machine. So in general where host key is the default Right Ctrl, just press Right Ctrl once & now press the alt+tab & it will switch you out to host machine. This is really helpful when you have the VM windows open or you're working on seamless mode. Hope it help others too.

Set date and time in Linux

There are few ways to set the date and time on Linux command line. In order to do this, you must login as root and execute the following methods as follow: For you to remember the syntax, issue the command “date” first [root@linuxtechtips ~]# date Mon Aug 20 18:30:29 SGT 2012 Let say you want to change it to Sept 6, 2012, 3pm, just follow the pattern above [root@linuxtechtips ~]# date 090615002012 Thu Sep  6 15:00:00 SGT 2012 where as: 09 = month (September) 06 = day 15 = hour 00 = min 2012 = year Now it’s set, as simple as that: [root@linuxtechtips ~]# date Thu Sep  6 15:00:01 SGT 2012 Another example, you want it to change to 20th of December, 2012, 10:45pm [root@linuxtechtips ~]# date 122022452012 Thu Dec 20 22:45:00 SGT 2012 Viola!!! [root@linuxtechtips ~]# date Thu Dec 20 22:45:03 SGT 2012 Now if you want to challenge yourself, then you can use this as well: Using our example date above, use the date comman