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UNIX fundamentals

A 3 day
training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

UNIX fundamentals training course description

An Introduction to using the UNIX operating system, appropriate for all versions of UNIX. The starting point for all UNIX work. A more detailed five day version of this course is also available which additionally covers using UNIX in a networked environment.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Describe UNIX.
  • Log in and use UNIX commands to perform a variety of tasks from manipulating and printing files to looking at and killing processes.
  • Create and edit files with vi.
  • Recognise the role of the administrator.
  • Write simple shell scripts.
  • Customise the user environment.

UNIX fundamentals training course details

Who will benefit:
Anybody who needs to use a UNIX system.
3 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review

"I’ve found it very useful and the course was very well put together and delivered."
D. M. Paradigm
"Course was tailored to our requirements. Very flexible."
R. B. Serco DNS

UNIX fundamentals training course contents

What is UNIX?
Operating systems, UNIX flavours, UNIX features.

Getting started
Logging in, changing passwords, logging out.

UNIX basics
Command structure. The UNIX manuals, basic commands (who, date, tty, uname, echo, banner...)

Filesystem commands
Home directories, manipulating files and directories, Filesystem layout, Pathnames, hard and symbolic links.

The UNIX Editors
ed, vi, shell escapes, .exrc

Printing files
The spooling system, printing, manipulating print jobs.

Information Retrieval
grep, find, cut, sort and paste

Theory, chmod, chown, newgrp..

ps, kill, background processes, at, exec, priorities.

Communicating with others
write, talk, mail, mailx, news

The Shell
Metacharacters, piping and redirection, basic shell scripts.

Customising your environment
Environmental variables, stty, .profile and other startup files

The Korn shell
Starting a Korn shell, the history facility, command line editing, aliases, job control, miscellaneous features.

Introduction to administration
The root user, su and tar

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  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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