The Linux Command Line

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“The Linux Command Line” by William E. Shotts, Jr. is available in pdf format for free. This book is for new Linux users who have migrated from other platforms. Most likely you are a “power user” of some version of Microsoft Windows.


This book is a broad overview of “living” on the Linux command line. Unlike some books that concentrate on just a single program, such as the shell program, bash, this book will try to convey how to get along with the command line interface in a larger sense. How does it all work? What can it do? What’s the best way to use it?

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What Is The Shell?
  • Navigation
  • Exploring The System
  • Manipulating Files And Directories
  • Working With Commands
  • Redirection
  • Seeing The World As The Shell Sees It
  • Advanced Keyboard Tricks
  • Permissions
  • Processes
  • The Environment
  • A Gentle Introduction To vi
  • Customizing The Prompt
  • Package Management
  • Storage Media
  • Networking
  • Searching For Files
  • Archiving And Backup
  • Regular Expressions
  • Text Processing
  • Formatting Output
  • Printing
  • Compiling Programs
  • Writing Your First Script
  • Reading Keyboard Input
  • Troubleshooting
  • Strings And Numbers

Book Details

Author(s): William E. Shotts, Jr.
Publisher: No Starch Press
Format(s): PDF
File size: 1.96 MB
Number of pages: 522
Link: Download.

6 Responses to “The Linux Command Line”

  1. Vladimir says:

    Good Work, Thanks you

  2. Vladimir says:

    When I try to discharge the pdf, the place web says

    Download Forbidden

    We cannot send this file to your location. Please visit our our T7 page

    Does this articulate it is not Free and Open source?

  3. jmaxwell says:

    It doesn’t download. After the seconds go by when it’s suppose to, it just sits there. It doesn’t download from the direct link or the mirror sites, either.

  4. Leonard says:

    Not for free have to purchase hard copy to access download

    • Leonard says:

      My bad instructions for free download can be found to the right of the page after clicking the download link above. Don’t click on the picture.

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