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Chapter 10. Common Unix Shell Commands: ... > Managing Files and Directories

Managing Files and Directories

Having mastered navigating about the filesystem, it's now time to learn how to interact with some of the files. We'll start 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 see this demonstrated by many 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 finished 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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