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UNIX fundamentals  |    A 3 day   hands on   training course

UNIX fundamentals training course description

An introduction to using the UNIX operating system focussing on the command line. Appropriate for all versions of UNIX. The starting point for all UNIX work, we concentrate on the technical aspects rather than issues such as using browsers. The course is heavily practical in nature.

What will you learn
  • 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.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None.

  • Duration
  • 3 days

  • Dates & prices
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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

  • Extracting data from files
  • grep, find, cut, sort and paste

  • Permissions
  • Theory, chmod, chown, newgrp..

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

  • The Shell
  • Metacharacters, piping and redirection.

  • Basic shell scripting
  • What are shell scripts? Simple scripts, control structures. Variables. Arguments.

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

  • More shell features
  • Bash and other shells, the history facility, command line editing, aliases, job control, miscellaneous features.

  • Introduction to administration
  • The root user, su and tar

  • Archiving files
  • Backups, tar, cpio, dd, gzip.

  • Unix and hardware
  • Main hardware components, Unix device drivers.

  • Connecting to a network
  • IP configuration, ifconfig, ping, netstat, traceroute, dig.

Learning path



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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.