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7 Ways to Use Your Linux Terminal

Harvey
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The terminal is the command line interface (CLI) to a Linux or Unix-like computer operating system. It’s a place where you can type in commands and get things done. Here are 7 ways to use your Linux terminal

1. Manage your hard drive

In order to get anything done with your computer, you will need to manage your hard drive. Using commands in your terminal, you can easily perform tasks like creating, moving, copying and deleting files.

It's important to note that these commands can be destructive, so any rm command you perform with them will remove data from your computer

2. Manage Your Cloud Servers

You can connect to your cloud servers / vps servers using a program called ssh. After logging in to your server, you can use any Linux command.

One click deploy vps servers and then control them using the command line. Any Linux distribution or operating system you want.

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3. Keep the logs

You often hear tales of sysadmins having a thing for “the logs”. Many of the troubleshooting problems can be solved if you know what was going on in the logs.

Log files are stored in the directory /var/log.

cd /var/log
ls
cat syslog
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4. Development

It's easy to do development in the terminal. Because there are so many commands aimed at developers like ssh, gcc, g++, python, go etc.

The editor vim is great for development too, although it has quite a steep learning curve. You can learn by exercise

vim editor for development

5. Run a server

Linux is the most widely used server operating system in the world. You can deploy a web server on your box for development.

These days nginx is used quite a lot, in the past it was Apache. Regardless of which server software you use, you will have to secure your server if you open it to the internet.

6. Install software

You can remove and install software using the terminal. Every Linux distribution has their own package manager. The most common ones are apt (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint), rpm and yum.

Because there's lots of open source software, you can compile it yourself too. Run the commands shown below

./configure
make
sudo make install
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7. Play Games

Entertainment. There are plenty of games you can play in the terminal, including Tetris and Snake.

Tetris is probably the most well-known terminal game, but it’s actually quite old and has been around since the early days of Unix.

8. More

There are many more Linux commands and you can do many things with terminal than the ones shown here.

If you want to improve your Linux skils, you can use this site.

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