Command-Line/Console/Terminal/Shell Quick-Start for Linux Mint 17 Qiana Easy Guide

October 17th, 2014 by thelinuxevangelist

Getting-Started with Command Line on Mint Linux

Hello Mint User! This Tutorial Shows You How-to Quick-Start with the Command Line / Console / Terminal / Shell on Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate/Cinnamon/KDE/Xfce Desktops.

This is Just a ‘Quick and Dirty’ Introduction to the Command Line Basic Instructions on the Console/Terminal Bash Shell emulator.

The Tutorial is Step-by-Step and You Can Just Getting-Started Following and Executing each Command without any Harm for Your System :)

After all only ‘Practice Makes the Master‘; so Do Not try to Getting-Started too Hard but Just ‘Take it Easy!‘ ;)

The Commands are Intended for Execution the Default Bash Linux Shell but Most should Works also for the Bourne, C, TC and Korn Shells…

Mint Linux Command Line Console Terminal Quick-Start - Featured
  1. First Open a Command Line Terminal Console Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Linux Command Line Console Terminal Quick-Start for Linux Mint - Mint Mate Open Terminal
    Linux Mint 17 Qiana Command Line Quick-Start - Mint Cinnamon Open Terminal
    Getting-Started with Command Line Console on Linux Mint 17 Qiana - Mint KDE Open Terminal
    Getting-Started Command Line Terminal for Linux Mint 17 Qiana - Mint Xfce Open Terminal

  2. To List a Directory Content (Directories and Files included)

    ls /[path]

    For Example to List the Content of the Root Directory:

    ls /

    Or to List the Content of the Home Directory:

    ls $HOME

  3. Next practice the Change of Directory
    Change to the root:

    cd /

    * Again find out how ‘cd’ is an Abridgement of ‘change directory’ *
    Then Go to the /usr/bin:

    cd /usr/bin

    Now to Navigate to the Parent use the ‘..’
    So Back to the root with:

    cd ../..

    (It’s like to say: ‘One Step Back and then One Step Back’ again)
    Finally to Return Home simply use:


    Heil you achieved the First Walk into the Linux Directory Tree :)

  4. Again experiment the Creative powers
    With a test Directory like:

    mkdir $HOME/test

    * Recognize ‘mkdir’ as a ‘make directory’ Abridgment *
    ($HOME and ‘~’ are both meaning your’s Home Folder)
    Furthermore touch a New File with:

    touch $HOME/test/test
  5. To Copy Directories and Files
    Especially relevant: See below How to Use ‘sudo‘ to Put Stuff into Destinations you are Not Allowed!

    To Copy a Single File:

    cp /[path1]/myFile1 /[path2]/

    Or also Setting a New File’s Name at the same time:

    cp /[path1]/myFile1 /[path2]/myFile2

    And to Copy Multiple Files at once:

    cp /[path]/myFile1 ... /[pathN]/myFileN \

    (After a ‘\’ Backslash the Command is Not Executed but follows in the Next Line)

    For Instance to Copy a Single File:

    cp $HOME/test/test $HOME/test/hello 

    Then to Copy a Single Directory with all its Contents:

    cp -r /[path1]/myDir1 /[path2]/

    Or Setting a New Name:

    cp -r /[path1]/myDir1 /[path2]/myDir2

    Again to Copy Multiple Directories:

    cp -r /[path1]/myDir1 ... /[path]/myDirN \

    Now for Instance to Copy a Single Directory do:

    cp -r $HOME/test $HOME/hello
  6. Next to Move Files and Directories

    Moving a Single File:

    mv /[path1]/myFile1 /[path2]/

    Or into a New one:

    mv /[path1]/myFile1 /[path2]/myFile2

    So to Move Multiple Files:

    mv /[path1]/myFile1 ... /[pathN]/myFileN \

    And the Same Command is Valid Also for Directories!

    Now for Instance to Move a Single File do:

    mv $HOME/test/test $HOME/hello/hello
  7. To Delete Directories and Files

    To Delete a File do:

    rm /[path]/myFile

    For Instance:

    rm $HOME/test/test

    And to Remove a Directory do:

    rm -rf /[path]/myDirectory

    So for Example:

    rm -rf $HOME/test
  8. Last How-to Get the Admin Super-Powers

    To Login as SuperUser:

    sudo su

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution

    Then to Logout:


    (To Protect Your System from the possible Damages of an Hazardous ‘Crazy’ Command Execution the Logout ‘Should’ be Executed Every Time a Conscious and Meaningful Series of Commands has been Achieved… )
    Finally to Execute a Single Command as SuperUser:

    sudo su -c 'myCommand'


    sudo myCommand
  9. How-to Set Permissions on Linux Mint File System:

    Mint Permissions Quick-Start
  10. Here is achieved the ‘Quick&Dirty’ Initiation to the Mint Linux Command Line Sphere :)
    I’ll be Back Very Soon to Show the Basics of the Apt Software Packages and Repository Administration Commands!

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