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The page is about basic command-line operation of a GNU/Linux system.

A command-line Shell accepts various kinds of commands:

Command-line applications

Debian provides many command line programs through its package management system.

See Software for a list of software categories, which usually provide graphical and text interfaces. For example: File managers, Text editors, Shells, Office applications, Web browsers, Email clients, Download utilities, IRC Client, UseNet clients, Audio/video applications, SSH, SystemMonitoring, Compression, computer graphics...

Commonly used command-line programs


The GNU Core Utilities (coreutils) are the basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system. These are the core utilities which are expected to exist on every UNIX-like operating system.

You should get a basic knowledge of how to list, display, edit and manipulate files before moving to more specific tasks, and/or writing shell scripts.

Other programs

To get detailed information on how to use a program, read its ManPage.


CategoryCommandLineInterface | CategorySystemAdministration