(Answered) inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

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(Answered) inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by Massively ignorant » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:04 pm

Greetings all,

I have the following Linux books:
Linux Pocket Guide, Daniel J Barrett, printed by O'Reilly. - Linux Phrasebook, Scott Granneman, printed by Addison-Wesly. - Linux Desk Reference, Scott Hawkins, printed by Prentice Hall PTR. - Linux Command Instant reference, Bryan Pfaffenberger, printed by Sybex. and A practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, by Mark G. Sobell, printed by Prentice-Hall.

Not one of these books has inxi -Fxz in it's index. To be fair it maybe buried in several, but if so, why not list it in the index? [Yes I will look inxi up and see what it's man page has to say, typically I find man pages pretty useless, I just do not understand what the man page is trying to convey.]

Sadly, none of those books have proven very useful, if I do find what I'm looking for, most of the time I don't have the background knowledge to understand what the author intends. I need examples and explanations, If someone knows of a book that takes the 25 most used commands, and then explains what those commands do and provide several examples it could be ever so useful to me.

Thank you for your replies. Respectfully Massively ignorant
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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by WharfRat » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:08 pm

See viewtopic.php?f=49&t=265932 for an explanation about inxi :wink:
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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by Moem » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:22 pm

Massively ignorant wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Not one of these books has inxi -Fxz in it's index. To be fair it maybe buried in several, but if so, why not list it in the index?
You'd have to ask the authors of your books. We have no way of knowing.

The man page for inxi is actually quite good. It gives a decent description of the purpose of the program and explains what -Fxz does, and what other options there are. Well worth a look.
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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by slipstick » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:59 pm

Massively ignorant wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:04 pm
If someone knows of a book that takes the 25 most used commands, and then explains what those commands do and provide several examples it could be ever so useful to me.
I highly recommend this book, which is also available as a free pdf download here:
http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php

I also used to recommend "A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux" by Mark Sobell, but the last (fourth) edition came out in 2015 and doesn't cover systemd, so the book is a bit obsolete. However, there is still a lot of good info in there, if you can find a cheap used copy.
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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by JeremyB » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:01 pm

You could also look at man inxi but it could be outdated also

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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by sdibaja » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:15 pm

Massively ignorant wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Greetings all,

I have the following Linux books:
Linux Pocket Guide, Daniel J Barrett, printed by O'Reilly. - Linux Phrasebook, Scott Granneman, printed by Addison-Wesly. - Linux Desk Reference, Scott Hawkins, printed by Prentice Hall PTR. - Linux Command Instant reference, Bryan Pfaffenberger, printed by Sybex. and A practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, by Mark G. Sobell, printed by Prentice-Hall.

Not one of these books has inxi -Fxz in it's index. To be fair it maybe buried in several, but if so, why not list it in the index? [Yes I will look inxi up and see what it's man page has to say, typically I find man pages pretty useless, I just do not understand what the man page is trying to convey.]

Sadly, none of those books have proven very useful, if I do find what I'm looking for, most of the time I don't have the background knowledge to understand what the author intends. I need examples and explanations, If someone knows of a book that takes the 25 most used commands, and then explains what those commands do and provide several examples it could be ever so useful to me.

Thank you for your replies. Respectfully Massively ignorant
here is a post made yesterday by the developer of inxi
viewtopic.php?f=49&t=265932
he is working on a new version... have a look, be a tester!

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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by MintBean » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:20 pm

Personally, I don't think books are particularly useful on subjects such as this. They're too quickly outdated. I would rather use the internet to get more up to date information.

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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by AZgl1500 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:32 pm

I use the Man inxi and copied it all to LeafPad....

then I keep the notebook open in a narrow strip on the side of the screen,
with Terminal open on the other side,

and I experiment with each command

inxi -Fxz and -Fzx accomplish the same thing, the order is not important.

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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by lmuserx4849 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:27 pm

I second The Linux Command. Download the opensource book, read the entries, "Learning The Shell", and "Writing Shell Scripts".

All good commands (CMD) provide documentation, either:
- CMD --help
- man CMD
- html documentation
- or their homepage

Man pages can be read from the command line (man CMD), or you can format them into html and read from your browser (man -H CMD), or you can find them online.

At the bottom of a man page it shows where the command is maintained. This can also be found from a google search. Many of the commands are GNU utilities, in which case go to GNU Software.

I thought the site computerhope does a nice job of displaying commands with examples.

Search youtube for tutorials.

Last, there are free tutorials/classes at edx and udacity.

inxi is just a shell script that uses many of the commands that are probably in your book :-)

# what or where is inxi
===> type -a inxi
inxi is /usr/bin/inxi

===> file /usr/bin/inxi
/usr/bin/inxi: a /usr/bin/env bash script

===> less /usr/bin/inxi
# In less, up/down arrows work, use q to exit

Just a few of the commands in inxi: df gawk grep ps readlink tr uname wc

Sometimes the best way to learn is to do (and ask questions) :-)

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Re: inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by Massively ignorant » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:30 pm

To all who choose to reply, thank you very much.

Well, such a wealth of resources to peruse, as I have the time and inclination I will try to learn more. However, it is not a jest to say; "Learning makes you more ignorant." I advere this is a good kind of ignorance in that you just have more to learn and the cycle of learn - knowledge - ignorance - learn, just goes on as long as you live.

I will change the title of the OP to (Answered)

Respectfully, Massively ignorant

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Re: (Answered) inxi -Fxz, my Linux books don't list that command?

Post by Pat D » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:01 pm

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