Basic Linux Commands Made Easy Part2

In the previous post, we discussed some Linux commands, and we saw how to show files, traverse directories, make them, and much more. Now, that was just the first level of the basic Linux commands. Let’s take one more step and see more of the basic Linux commands that you will use.



We talked about the ls command in the previous post, and we’ve discussed only two parameters. Let’s dig deeper and see more parameters that can make you more powerful.

ls -R

To recursively list all files in a directory.

The -R parameter will traverse deeply till it finishes all directories.

ls -R command

ls –r

Reverses the sorting order for the displayed files and directories.

ls -r- command

ls -S

Sorts the output by file size.

ls -lS command

ls -t

Sorts the output by file modification time.

ls -lt command


Filter ls Command Output

ls -l myfile?

A question mark is used to represent one character.

ls -l myprob*

An asterisk is used to represent zero or more characters.

The question mark and asterisk are called wild characters.

ls wild character


Create Files

touch test1

The touch command is used to create an empty file.

touch command

If you use it against an existing file, it will change the access time; if the file doesn’t exist, it will create it.

You can use the same command to change the modification time for an existing file,  just type it with -t followed by the time with the following format YYYYMMDDHHMM.

touch -t 202012011200 test1

touch existed file


Create Shortcuts (Links)

We know from the previous post that cp command is used to copy files.

In Linux, You can create:

  • Hard link.
  • Symbolic, or soft link.
cp -l file1 file2

Hard Links

The hard link makes a separate file which contains information about the original file and where it is located.

Keep in mind that hard links only created between files on the same physical drive.

If you need to create links on a different physical drive, you’ll have to create a soft link instead.

cp hardlink

Symbolic Links

To create a symbolic or soft link, use the -s parameter:

cp -s file1 file2

cp softlink

Here we should also mention another command that makes links other than cp, which is the ln command, you can create hard and soft links with it like this:

ln myfile myfile2

This command creates a hard link.

ln command

ln -s myfile myfile2

This command creates a soft link.

ln softlink

Viewing the File Type

file myfile

Determines the kind of a file.

file command


Viewing End of File

The tail command is used to view the last ten lines of a file. This command is useful when working with big files.

-n parameter to specify the number of lines.

-f parameter to stay on the file and continue to watch the last lines you specified like monitoring, and this is very important when looking at log files.

tail command


View Top of File

The head command is used to view the first ten lines of a file.

head command


List Running Processes

The ps command lists the currently running process.

$ ps aux

ps aux

The top command does the same thing.

-You can use the top command with -c option to view the executable path for the running process.

top command


Kill a process

To kill a process:

pkill processName

kill command

Type xkill and press Enter to kill any nonresponsive window.

xkill command


Disk Free Space

df command shows the disk free space.

df -h

-h for human readable value

df command

That was some of the basic Linux Commands. I hope you enjoy it. Keep coming back.

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