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MagPi 130 Master the Linux command line interface

Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:40 pm

Any other old hands read this article yet?

I'd say it's fine as far as it goes but there are some curious choices:
  • No mention of the man command.
  • No mention that most shell command support the --help argument and what that does.
  • No mention of rmdir. That can be a safer option than rm -r as it refuses to delete a directory that isn't empty. That behaviour has saved my bacon more than once.
  • No mention of what touch does if the named file exists.
  • No mention of redirecting error messages (stderr). That's a key technique for debugging.
  • Setting a static IP address as part of the article? Really?
I'll stop there. I could go on and I'm sure most of you have things you'd add or change.

At least vi got a mention.
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Re: MagPi 130 Master the Linux command line interface

Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:53 pm

I gave it a quick skim over a couple of weeks ago (my eyes aren't great for magazine print nowadays) and even then I felt that this would have been better as a series over several publications rather than lumped into one article.
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Re: MagPi 130 Master the Linux command line interface

Tue Jun 20, 2023 9:41 am

Man is mentioned as a Top Tip! on page 64. Maybe it needed more space though.

Thanks for the feedback. You may be on to something about it needing a series. It's tricky to pack something as big as Linux into eight pages. The aim is to help newcomers start a journey rather than cover everything.

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Re: MagPi 130 Master the Linux command line interface

Sat Sep 23, 2023 5:27 pm

thagrol wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:40 pm
Any other old hands read this article yet?
I didn't read it, just discovered that magazine. Very nice old style reading... Now looking to read this article :)
thagrol wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:40 pm
[*]Setting a static IP address as part of the article? Really?
I think this is very useful information for those who come from windows world.

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