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Part: IV Introduction to BSD Application... > Common Unix Shell Commands: File Ope...

Chapter 13. Common Unix Shell Commands: File Operations

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Having mastered navigating about the file system, it's now time to learn how to interact with some of the files. We'll start off with basic file manipulation commands that do things such as rename files and make copies of them, and then cover more complicated things such as finding files, extracting portions of their contents, and archiving them.

As mentioned previously, Unix commands tend to be small, single-function commands that can be combined to form more complex functionality. You will see this demonstrated by many of the commands in this chapter; their functionality might seem oddly limited, if you're not used to the Unix command philosophy. By the time you're done with this chapter, however, you should begin to see how the commands could be fit together, and you should be able to abstract what you learn here to most Unix commands.


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