Demystifying the Linux Command Line

Do you find command line interfaces like the one above intimidating?  Had trouble installing or using analysis programs on your own computer?  Are running big jobs on your desktop bogging down your computer?

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WHAT:  Linux/Unix Command Line Workshop
WHEN:  Thursday, March 19th from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
WHERE: Genetics and Biotechnology Center – 1408
WHO:  Anyone looking to get started with a command line interface.
COST:  Free!

There are many reasons to learn about the Linux/Unix command line interface, but a few of the most important are:

  1. Many research projects involve big files and large datasets.  Freely available software packages often use command-line interfaces that can be intimidating.
  2. The shell is a really powerful way of interacting with your Mac or Linux computer. Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and the shell are complementary – by knowing both you will greatly expand the range of tasks you can accomplish with your computer. You will also be able to perform many tasks more efficiently.
  3. The substantial resources of DeepThought, the departmental server for computation, are only accessible via the command line.

Genetic IT is offering a free workshop on Thursday, March 19th from 3:30 until 6:30pm.  The purpose of this workshop it to help beginners understand, navigate and perform commands via a command line interface.  No previous experience with the Linux Command Line is necessary.  Some of the topics we’ll discuss are:

  • Moving around your desktop or the server file system
  • File Types
  • Arguments
  • Full vs. Relative paths
  • Shortcuts, Wildcards and Tab Completion
  • Command History
  • Examining Files
  • Redirection of program output to files
  • Creating, Copying and Removing Files
  • Piping’ to setup simple pipelines
  • Sorting
  • Shell Scripting
  • Finding Files

We ask that participants bring their own laptop.  If you do not have a laptop you could use or borrow, please indicate that while registering and we’ll do the best we can to accommodate you.

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