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How to Add a GUI to Linux Shell Scripts

You can use GUI windows, sliders, radio buttons, progress bars, and more in your Bash scripts. Learn how to use the zenity toolkit and give your Bash scripts a facelift. We’ll show you how.

How to Use the xargs Command on Linux

Need to string some Linux commands together, but one of them doesn’t accept piped input? xargs can take the output from one command and send it to another command as parameters.

How to Use the rev Command on Linux

Linux’s rev command reverses strings of text. This command can operate either on provided text or a file, and it seems deceptively simple. But like many command-line utilities, its real power becomes apparent when you ...

How to Set Up Remote Desktop on Ubuntu

Need to get your hands on a distant Ubuntu Linux computer? Set up Ubuntu’s Screen Sharing and take remote control when you need to. You can connect to Screen Sharing with any VNC client. We’ll show you how....

How to Use the look Command on Linux

The Linux look command races through a file and lists all the lines that begin with a particular word or phrase. But watch out! It behaves differently on different Linux distributions. This tutorial will show you how to use i...

How to Back Up Your Linux System

Don’t risk data loss. Back up your valuable data from the Linux command line. We’ll be using the rsync command for this, and we’ve even found some nice optional graphical interfaces for it....

How to Use All Linux’s Search Commands

Linux offers six different ways to search, and each has its merits. We’ll demonstrate how to use find, locate, which, whereis, whatis, and apropos. Each excels at different tasks; here’s how to choose the right to...

How to Use the Linux type Command

Find out if a command resolves to an alias, a disk file, a shell function, a built-in command, or a reserved word. Use type to discover how your Linux commands are executed and understand your system better....
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