[sf-lug] command line learning resource

jim stockford jim at well.com
Wed Sep 26 19:42:26 PDT 2007

    if you'd like to learn to use the BASH shell and
maybe learn to write shell scripts, pay no attention
to Rick or where ever he might have placed his
    the URL
brings up a page that has a menu on the left.
    click leaning the shell and you'll get some blah
blah with a table of contents below.
    click the table of contents entries and you'll get
some reasonably good info that you can study and
use to develop your skills, online for free.
    I grant that it's pretty standard stuff and leaves
some things to be desired, but it's clean, readable,
and useful and right there on line.

On Sep 26, 2007, at 12:47 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):
>> as seen on the Python tutor list
>> ( http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/tutor )
>> 	 http://linuxcommand.org
>> I browsed through this and find it interesting and useful,
>> especially for people at a beginning and intermediate
>> stage of using the command line.
> <tongue align="cheek">
> This one's pretty good, too:
> $ man /usr/bin/*
> </tongue align="cheek">
> ObSeriousForAMoment:  Never confuse manpages with tutorials.  If a 
> given
> manpage turns out to be possible to learn an entirely new subject from,
> that's a senendipitous win for you, but that's not what they're for.
> Manpages are "quick reference" docs, refreshers on fine details 
> intended
> for the use of someone who already basically knows that topic.
> A "quick reference" is like a reference work, except worse for 
> beginners
> in the sense that it's deliberately ultra-terse.  To laearn a subject
> from first principles, you need a _tutorial_.  Authors of well-regarded
> tutorial books on Linux include Mark Sobell, who is on this mailing
> list.
> (/me waves.)
> ObAdditionalPlug:  for a good time, type "vimtutor".  ;->
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