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Short Course: Introduction to Unix/Linux

Users of High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) systems often encounter repeated difficulties in their computational work due to a weak understanding of the Unix operating system and its user interface.

To help users close this gap, HPRC offers an introductory course to Unix/Linux during each semester.

Registration is open to anyone on campus who is interested in learning the basic concepts behind the Unix operating system, or just how to correctly and effectively use it to make everyday's computing tasks a bit easier. This course is delivered in an interactive format — the instructor will tour the Unix operating system using a live terminal, making sure each new concept is well understood before moving on to the next.

The course is structured as two hours of interactive lecture.

A typical outline of the topics covered in the Introduction to Unix/Linux short course is provided below. Because of the interactive nature of this course, some of the topics listed below may be introduced in a different order and covered to different depths.

  • Connecting to the system
  • Getting started
  • Unix command format
  • "man" pages
  • Basic commands
  • Basics of the Unix filesystem
  • Shell variables
  • File transfers
  • Basic process concepts
  • Process communications: signals
  • Shell concepts
  • Command line shortcuts
  • Quoting
  • I/O redirection

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