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dots
Paul Brown explains the various meanings and uses of the humble dot for Linux shell commands.

Linux Tools: The Meaning of Dot

Let's face it: writing one-liners and scripts using shell commands can be confusing. Many of the names of the tools at your disposal are far from obvious in terms of what they do (grep, tee and awk, anyone?) and, when you combine two or more, the resulting "sentence" looks like some kind of alien...
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Linux timeout Command Explained for Beginners (with Examples)

Sometimes, when you execute a command in Linux, you might want to run it for a set amount of time. There exists a command line utility - timeout - that's specifically developed for this purpose. In this article, we will discuss the basics of this command using some easy to understand examples. But...
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Troubleshooting Hardware Problems in Linux

It can take some time to troubleshoot and solve hardware-related issues on Linux. Even highly experienced sysadmins sometimes spend hours working to solve mysterious hardware and software discrepancies. The following tips should make it quicker and easier to troubleshoot hardware in Linux. Many...
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Get to know your shell environmental variables in this tutorial for beginners.

Bash Variables: Environmental and Otherwise

Bash variables, including those pesky environment variables, have popped up several times in previous articles, and it’s high time you get to know them better and how they can help you. So, open your terminal window and let's get started. Environment Variables Consider HOME. Apart from the cozy...
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What's New in Bash Parameter Expansion

The bash man page is close to 40K words. It's not quite War and Peace, but it could hold its own in a rack of cheap novels. Given the size of bash's documentation, missing a useful feature is easy to do when looking through the man page. For that reason, as well as to look for new features,...
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6 Methods To Rename Multiple Files At Once In Linux

As you may already know, we use mv command to rename or move files and directories in Unix-like operating systems. But, the mv command won’t support renaming multiple files at once. It can rename only one file at a time. Worry not. There are few other utilities available, especially for batch...
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The alias And unalias Commands Explained With Examples

You may forget the complex and lengthy Linux commands after certain period of time unless you’re a heavy command line user. Sure, there are a few ways to recall the forgotten commands. You could simply save the frequently used commands and use them on demand. Also, you can bookmark the important...
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The find command can do much more than simple searches; take it to the next level this tutorial from Paul Brown.

Beyond Finding Stuff with the Linux find Command

Continuing the quest to become a command-line power user, in this installment, we will be taking on the find command. Jack Wallen already covered the basics of find in an article published recently here on Linux.com. If you are completely unfamiliar with find, please read that article first to come...
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Learn how to move and manage files from the command line in this tutorial.

How to Move Files Using Linux Commands or File Managers

Learn how to move files with Linux commands in this tutorial from our archives. There are certain tasks that are done so often, users take for granted just how simple they are. But then, you migrate to a new platform and those same simple tasks begin to require a small portion of your brain's...
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Get up to speed with the find command so you can locate files on your Linux servers and desktops without need of a GUI.

How to Search for Files from the Linux Command Line

Learn how to use the find command in this tutorial from our archives. It goes without saying that every good Linux desktop environment offers the ability to search your file system for files and folders. If your default desktop doesn’t -- because this is Linux -- you can always install an app to...
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