Terminal Commands

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Mon Dec 22 19:03:55 GMT 2008

Brian Norman Wootton wrote:
> I've forgotten at least half of the console linux commands in the
> last 10 years since I retired, and there was a lot I didn't know
> then, and there must be a lot more now! can anybody point me at a
> reasonably complete list with one line function descriptions. Would
> be very useful

Do it yourself:

for f in {,/usr}/{,s}bin/[0-9a-zA-Z]*;do n=${f##*/};whatis $n|
grep -e "^$n (1)" -e "^$n (8)";done|sort|uniq|less

This lists all commands found in /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin on your 
machine. It may not be perfect and the builtin shell commands are not 

Beware: Don't redirect it to your printer - that's several thousand lines 
if you have many packages installed.


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