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The Linux Command Line

Cover of The Linux Command Line by William E. Shotts Jr. Published by No Starch Press

Chapter 3. Exploring the System

Now that we know how to move around the filesystem, it’s time for a guided tour of our Linux system. Before we start, however, we’re going to learn some more commands that will be useful along the way:

  • ls—List directory contents.

  • file—Determine file type.

  • less—View file contents.

More Fun with ls

ls is probably the most used command and for good reason. With it, we can see directory contents and determine a variety of important file and directory attributes. As we have seen, we can simply enter ls to see a list of files and subdirectories contained in the current working directory:

[me@linuxbox ˜]$ ls
Desktop  Documents  Music  Pictures  Public  Templates  Videos

Besides the current working directory, we can specify the directory ...

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