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Summary

In this chapter, you were introduced to command line tools for accessing network resources of a number of types. The chapter also covered the two premier Unix text editors, and the Unix printing environment that functions as a small suite of cooperating commands.

As of now, you have been introduced to a range of command line programs that is representative of the types of interactions you will experience with almost any Unix software at the command line. Many of these commands and applications probably still seem cumbersome, and it is likely that you find a need to refer back to the book frequently to remember an option. Don't be discouraged at this. There is probably not a single person alive who actually remembers all the possible commands in the emacs environment. Use the commands when the opportunity occurs, and reference the book or the man pages to help recall what you've forgotten. Even the best Unix users refer back to the man pages or a book with considerably more frequency than Mac OS users look at their user manuals. Eventually the parts of the programs that you use with regularity will sink in to “muscle memory,” and you'll be able to whiz around the command line doing what you do on an everyday basis, without needing to consult your references at all.


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