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Programs that run in the terminal

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Reading Mint forums lately I've gotten more and more interested in programs that run in the terminal. Having just seen the classic "cowsay" in a topic (and have to admit checked and surprised that it is installed in mint by default) I have to ask: Is there any easy way to find out what command line programs are present in Mint? A list somewhere perhaps.

And if you use/know/etc. any good ones please feel free to mention those here. I don't know/use many although I've been using linux a while. I usually just install htop when doing a fresh install.
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Re: Programs that run in the terminal

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There are about 2500 commands installed so that is an exercise without end. If you want a summary for each command, you can use the commands in this post to get it: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=103728#p587364. More useful is to help yourself become comfortable on the terminal and know how to find new commands and how to access their documentation. This gets you started with the command line and takes you through to more advanced topics: http://write.flossmanuals.net/command-l ... roduction/
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Re: Programs that run in the terminal

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Thanks for the reply and link for the manual, xenopeek! I've been looking for a way to learn more about doing things from the command line. It's just been GUI approach for so long for me (windows) and linux has come to the point that when I started using it I wasn't forced to do much otherwise. So I've been putting it of out of lazyness.

I know there are way too many commands to go through one by one. I guess I meant list of programs like top, cowsay, htop and lynx (what I know) of which first two come with Mint. Commands to move a file or resize an image would be on another category and likes of inxi somewhere in between... Sorry if this is vague, but I don't really know how to phrase it better. And if there's such a list I think it's something that someone has put together. Maybe in a format popular nowadays: "Top XX terminal window programs you must know about" :oops:
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You can start with the basic commands listed in the terminal using the command

Code: Select all

info ?
TIP: place the cursor on the underlined links and press ENTER
PAGE UP to return to the previous screen
q to quit
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Re: Programs that run in the terminal

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MintyO wrote: I guess I meant list of programs like top, cowsay, htop and lynx (what I know) of which first two come with Mint.
Rather than lists of commands to do who-knows-what (I'd never run cowsay or lynx), start with a task you're interested in and find the commands that deal with it.
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Re: Programs that run in the terminal

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Flemur wrote:
MintyO wrote: I guess I meant list of programs like top, cowsay, htop and lynx (what I know) of which first two come with Mint.
Rather than lists of commands to do who-knows-what (I'd never run cowsay or lynx), start with a task you're interested in and find the commands that deal with it.
I can't imagine what's the real use for me, but I just had to install lynx and play around with it when I first found out about it. I wouldn't have come across it ever if I was just trying to get some task done. Most of my computer task are on the line of watching stuff on the internet.. not much good for that. :wink:
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Re: Programs that run in the terminal

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