Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 22 19:09:55 CEST 2010

On 09/22/2010 12:38 PM, Jim Ford wrote:
> On 9/22/2010 5:34 PM, Joe Zeff wrote:
>> On 09/22/2010 01:42 AM, Sveinn í Felli wrote:
>>> This is a bit OT for the Scribus list, but I hope people
>>> don't mind.
>> A little help is one thing; if it's going to get very detailed, it might
>> be better to take it off-list.  Not that I mind, if I used that distro,
>> I'd be helping too, but some members might find it too off-topic.
> I don't mind either - I welcome Linux tips from anywhere!

The other thing I would say is that a number of the on-topic discussions 
have to do with things that people could quite easily discover 
themselves with experimentation, checking the online docs, checking the 
wiki, and doing even a cursory scan of the ML archives.

Here is a link to a free-as-in-beer reference for bash commands.


As I have gone through this part of the way, I would say that you need 
to be able to translate to your distro for various issues. Like many of 
such references, there is no sensible (in my view) prioritization of 
commands to focus on more used/useful ones.

It seems everyone wants to talk about 'who', but if you are using a 
single-user system, and you're the only one logged in, well DUH!

For example, 'alias' is a tremendously useful command, letting you setup 
a personal shortcut for all kinds of things, like building Scribus -- I 
use it to run cmake to direct a version to its own directory.

Learn about these:

ls, cd, rm, mv, cp, grep, alias, man. man lets you learn how to use some 
programs from the command line, and is also an introduction to the lingo 
of the built-in documentation (also takes some learning). Also learn 
about pipes and directing output to a file. Build from there as you see fit.


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