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A command-line interface (CLI) is a mechanism for interacting with a computer operating system or software by typing commands to perform specific tasks. This text-only interface contrasts with the use of a mouse pointer with a graphical user interface (GUI) to click on options, or menus on a text user interface (TUI) to select options. The default command-line interface used by minix is Almquist shell (also known as A Shell, ash and sh) which was originally Kenneth Almquist's clone of the SVR4-variant of the Bourne shell; it is a fast, small, POSIX-compatible Unix shell designed to replace the Bourne shell in later BSD distributions.

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Function key mappings

key Description
F1 Kernel processes table
F2 Processes memory maps
F3 System Image
F4 Processes privileges
F5 Boot monitor parameters
F6 IRQ hooks and policies
F7 Kernel messages
F8 VM status and process maps
F10 Kernel parameters
F11 Timing details (if enabled)
Shift + F1 Process manager process table
Shift + F2 Signals
Shift + F3 Filesystem process table
Shift + F4 Device/Driver mapping
Shift + F5 Print keys mappings
Shift + F6 Reincarnation server process table
Shift + F8 Data store contents
Shift + F9 Processes with stack traces

Note: Function keys are only valid from the first console (ttyc0).

Useful Command Lines (Shell)

  1. man man – an interface to the online reference manuals.
  2. passwd – change (own) password.
    1. passwd user change the password of user user (root only)
  3. ls – list directory contents.
    1. ls -al – long list
    2. ls -alt – long list, sorted by modification time
    3. ls -alS – long list (GNU/Linux only), sorted by file size
  4. cd directory – change to directory
    1. cd – change to default/home directory
    2. pwd – show current directory
  5. Basic File Utilities
    1. cp file1 file2 – copy file1 to file2
    2. rm file1 – remove (delete) file1
    3. mv file1 file2 move (change) file1 to file2
    4. mkdir dir make directory dir
    5. rmdir dir remove directory dir
  6. More File Utilities
    1. cat file – read a file
    2. more file – read a file per screen
    3. ln -s – file sfile – make a symbolic link from file to sfile
    4. grep aword file – search string aword inside file using regular expression
    5. sort file – sort a file
usersguide/commandlineinterface.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/11 14:52 (external edit)