Introduction to using Linux from the Command Line

Standard Level - 2 days

If you require this training prior to attending another Embedded Linux course please contact the Bicard team to discuss your needs, or complete an online enquiry.

Linux is widely used as a development platform, and as the operating system for embedded systems. Whilst users of a desktop Linux installation may be able to run applications with limited knowledge of the operating system, a good working knowledge of the command line or shell will help you to make best use of Linux. It is also essential if you are working without a graphical desktop, for example in an embedded system.

Linux Fundamentals provides the engineer with a thorough introduction to using Linux from the command line. All the essential shell and basic operating system commands are taught, enabling you to start to utilise the power of the Linux operating system.

Linux Fundamentals is suitable for delegates with existing experience of the Windows operating system and for those who have used Linux or UNIX systems with a graphical desktop, or who have only a limited knowledge of the command line.

Workshops comprise approximately 50% of class time and are based around carefully designed exercises to reinforce and challenge the extent of learning.

  • The essential Linux and shell commands and shell syntax
  • Understand the Linux file system and directory structure
  • How to work with files
  • Exploit the power of command pipelines and filters
  • Take control of and managing the processes that are running
  • Create and use archives; mounting and unmounting disks
  • Basic network terminology and diagnosis of problems

  • Hardware and software engineers wanting to quickly get up to speed with Linux as a development platform
  • Embedded system developers where Linux is used in the embedded system
  • Support engineers who will be installing and managing applications hosted on Linux systems

  • A basic level of computer literacy is expected, for example from using a PC running Windows
  • No previous experience of Linux or UNIX is necessary

Bicard class materials are renowned for being the most comprehensive and user friendly available. Their style, content and coverage is unique in the HDL training world, and has made them sought after resources in their own right. The materials include:

  • Fully indexed class notes creating a complete reference manual
  • Workbook full of practical examples and solutions to help you apply your knowledge

Introduction to Linux and to the Shell

What is Linux? • Linux distributions • Desktop vs Command line • Bash • Logging on and off • Commands and command history 

Files, Directories and Navigation

Home and working directories • Creating and deleting directories • Moving between directories • Working with files and links • Finding files 

Users, Permissions and Commands

Users and groups • File and directory permissions & Superuser privilege • Types of command • The command path and Environment • Startup files 

Pipes and Redirection

Standard input, output and error • less • Redirection • Command pipelines & Filters 


What is a process? • Viewing processes & Process states • Creating background processes & Controlling processes • Signals 

Introduction to Editing

Text files • Which editor? • vi • Command and insert mode • Entering text • Saving and exiting • Moving around a file • deleting, copying and pasting text • Substitution; search and replace • Regular expressions 

Storage Media and Archiving

Mounting and unmounting • Partitions and filesystems • tar • Checksums • rsync • gzip 


IP addresses • Routing table • Detecting network problems • DNS 

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