Knowing basic *nix terminal commands is an absolute must for any computer pro. Whether you use Windows, Mac OS or Linux, you’re bound to face the command prompt at some stage, so here’s my crash course in CLI. In Part 4, I’ll introduce some command line tools which cover some of the most common and most useful functions in Unix.
Really Useful Unix Command Line Tools
Unix operating systems come as standard with a number of very helpful command-line tools which perform very common and very useful file and and administration functions quickly and easily. Here’s a list of some oft-used programs:
System Monitor – top
top provides a real-time updated list of the top processes running on your Unix system. It is similar in function to ‘Task Manager’ on Windows and ‘Activity Monitor’ on Mac OS X. To quit ‘top’, press ‘q’.