By Rand Whitehall

damn small linuxIf you want to move a file from one place to another, use the mv, or move command. Now, the mv tool can send a file from one directory to another, but it also can rename a file. If you simply want to change the name of a file, say, from joo.txt to joe.txt, you can do that with mv also. Here are a few examples to get you going.

mv joe joe1

The file joe is simply renamed joe1

mv joe /Documents/joe

The file joe is moved to the Documents directory.

Now, what if we wanted to move joe.txt to the Documents directory and at the same time rename it to joe2?

mv joe Documents/joe2

This would move the file joe to the Documents directory and would change the name to joe2. This is similar to cp, but the original file is changed. With cp we get a new file and the original file is unchanged.

If you’d like to see the contents of a file, use the cat command. cat stands for concatenate. cat will display the contents of a file and also join, or concatenate several files.

cat joe

This command will output the contents of joe.

What if you’d like to view the contents of two or more files?

cat joe bob

Will output the contents of joe and then bob.

Ok. Now let’s play around with cat and two new commands: touch and echo.

Do this:

touch jj.txt

Which will create new text file called jj.txt.

echo “Hi there” >> jj.txt

This adds the text “Hi there!” to jj.txt.

You can append some more text to the end of jj.txt with another echo command and two greater than signs “>>” like this:

echo “How are you?” >> jj.txt

Now take a look at the contents of jj.txt via:

cat jj.txt

One thing to know when using cat, if you use only one greater than sign “>”, it will overwrite the contents of the file. Be careful!

Let’s overwrite jj.txt on purpose.

echo “See you later.” > jj.txt

Now view the contents via cat:

cat jj.txt

… and you should see only the “See you later.” line.

I hope this helped you become a little more familiar with the Linux command line. Have fun and experiment. Remember, while playing around, it’s best to create a new directory and make new files specifically to experiment with so you don’t lose any important data. Soon you’ll be using the command line like a pro!

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