Hollywood movies often have a tech geek entering commands and doing amazing things. While it may not be that easy to hack into public transport systems or or control the world like Eagle Eye, the command line is certainly a geeks playground.
Want to show off your command line prowess to your geeky friends but don’t know any cool tricks? Well you are in luck. The following websites will give you plenty of tricks and tips to satiate your hunger:
shell-fu [No Longer Available]
“Fu” is defined as possessing superior skills related to an art. Aptly named “Shell fu” houses user-submitted command line goodies, tips and tricks. You can vote entries up if you like them and vote them down if you find they are harmful or do not work as advertised.
If you have some tricks of your own you can even submit them and they will be added to the site after the moderators have a look at them.
Shell fu and Command-line fu are almost identical in concept. Command-line fu allows users to share their CLI wisdom with others and also vote up and down on submitted snippets.
Both shell-fu and command-line fu allow you to follow snippets through RSS and Twitter although I did find command-line fu offers a bit of extra control on RSS feeds.
Snipt is the “long term memory for coders”. Snipt is a collection of frequently used commands and code snippets. You can share these snippets with your co-workers or make them public. Public snippets are viewable to everyone and for our specific case, we are interested in the bash section. However feel free to browse other sections as well.
While all the other resources mentioned utilize the power of the crowds to build up content, this one is different. It is Peteris Krumins blog about programming, software and hacking.
What’s so special about it? The famous sed, awk one liners, vim tips, plugins and cheat sheets that Peteris has fabricated over time. The occasional musical geek friday is fun as well.
While it may not be updated as often as the others, but more often than not the content is worth the wait.
Pick up the basics
While the places mentioned above have plenty of content to keep you busy learning, they are not the best places to start your journey. You may also find command line basics here and here. For advanced topics you can read the Advanced Shell Scripting Guide.
That’s plenty of information to keep you involved and build up your Linux-fu! Do you know of any good sites to learn Linux commands? Or have you referred to a Linux command line tutorial that you really like? Share with the world in the comments!