Physics & Astronomy
Introduction to the Unix Operating System
The world of the Unix operating system is too large to fully describe
here. But you may find here a few simple things to try to get you started.
Log on to the system, and try some of them.
When you get a P&andA Department computer account, you get an
Your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are Dennis Rodman).
You can read your mail in a number of ways:
while logged onto one of the Unix workstations;
from a PC program like Eudora; or even (I believe) from Netscape.
Most Unix nerds use elm to read their mail, like this:
Some Simple Commands
Unix commands are not very intuitive. Try to get help on the system, by
typing in something reasonable. Give up? The command is man, followed
by the name of what you want help on. Good luck! Here are a few
commands for you to try. (Don't type the comment that follows.)
ls lists files and sub-directories
ls -al long, more complete listing
man ls manual page (= help) for the command ls
who shows who is loged on
Click here for a longer list of shell