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11. The Command Line > 11.2. Important Commands

Important Commands

In Linux you can run hundreds of commands on the command line. When you consider all the different options and arguments each command can accept, you have millions of possibilities. Many commands are used primarily by programmers and system administrators, but there are many others that are very useful for regular desktop users.

Learning these basic commands is a great way to become comfortable with the command line. Once you are familiar with some commands, you’ll see that they are often easier and faster to use than clicking around on menus and icons. As you get more experienced with Linux, you will probably find yourself using the command line more and more often.

The following examples use a test user account named jharris. Be sure to perform all the steps in order—if you don’t, you might end up with different results than what’s described here.


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