Introducing UnixIncluded on this page:
- Why Should I Learn Unix?
- Conventions Used for Commands in This Document
- Logging In and Out
- Finding Unix Information
- Online Help
- Unix Books
Unix is the operating system of choice for thousands of government agencies, businesses, and universities. Its growing popularity stems from the fact that Unix combines many useful features:
- Unix is a multiuser environment that lets you simultaneously share the computer's resources with other users.
- Unix is a multitasking environment that lets you execute different programs simultaneously.
- Unix works well in networked computing, connecting you to the many computing and information services available on the network.
|Italic||indicates a variable that you must supply|
|Bold||indicates exactly what you type|
To begin your session:
- Connect to your Unix computer.
- Enter your userid at the login prompt.
- Enter your password at the password prompt. A system prompt appears, and you can begin your session.
To end your session, enter:
If you are like most users, you occasionally have questions. At the University of Washington, the first place to look for help is online. You can also find books on Unix in the library or local book stores.
To display the manual page for a command, at the system prompt, enter:
This displays the manual page for the command you specify. Use <Spacebar> to scroll forward one page, <Return> to forward scroll one line, and q to quit.
man -k keyword
This searches the man pages for the keyword you specify and displays the command names that contain more information about the keyword.
To search the manual pages for a command that
displays a calendar, enter:
man -k calendar
This finds several commands that relate to the keyword "calendar" including the cal command, which displays a calendar.