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Introduction to UNIX


Duration: 3.0 days

Method: Instructor led, Hands-on workshops

Price: $1920.00

Course Code: UI1010


Programmers, Analysts, Managers, Technical, and Non-Technical Users who require a basic knowledge of how to use the UNIX Operating System.


This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the effective use of the UNIX Operating System. Topics covered include the operating system's major features and facilities, frequently used commands, command usage, the vi text editor, the File System, user communication, file access permissions, redirection of input and output, and job control.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Log onto and off a UNIX system
  • List the types of UNIX files
  • Describe and use various UNIX commands and command line options
  • Use the command history mechanism provided by the Korn Shell
  • Use the UNIX User Reference Manual to locate appropriate commands
  • Use the UNIX editor ex/vi to create and modify files
  • Use Regular Expressions to match patterns of characters
  • Describe and use the file system capabilities provided by UNIX
  • Communicate with other users
  • Protect files from unauthorized access using the UNIX file permission capabilities
  • Redirect input and output to and from UNIX commands
  • Initiate background (asynchronous) command execution
  • Use the job control mechanism provided by the Korn Shell


Some understanding of computer systems would prove helpful but not required.


  • I.Introduction to the Unix Operating System
    • Capabilities of the UNIX System
    • Hardware vs. Software
    • Typical UNIX Configurations
    • Setting Up the Terminal
    • Logging On and Off
    • Correcting Typing Errors
  • II.Files And Simple Commands
    • Definition of a File
    • File Naming Conventions
    • File Types
    • UNIX System Command Syntax
    • Listing, Viewing, Copying, Moving, and Removing Files
    • Using the User Reference Manual
    • Using the man Command
  • III.Unix System Text Editor vi
    • Editor Features
    • Relationship of Editor to Shell
    • Editor Command Syntax
    • Putting Text into the Buffer
    • Viewing, Copying, Moving, Deleting and Modifying Text
    • Saving the Buffer
    • Leaving the Editor
  • IV.File System
    • File System Structure
    • The Home Directory
    • Usage of Directory Files
    • Printing, Creating, Changing, and Removing Directories
    • Pathnames
    • Special Directory Names
    • Special Filename Generation Characters
  • V.Communication
    • Sending and Receiving Electronic Mail
    • Communicating Immediately with Another User
    • Communicating with the System Administrator
  • VI.Editor Revisited
    • Additional Editor Commands
    • ex vs. vi
    • Line Addressing Capabilities
    • Setting the Editor Environment
    • Searching for Patterns
    • Regular Expressions and Special Characters
  • VII.File Permissions
    • Ordinary Files
    • Directory Files
    • Determining File Permissions
    • Changing File Permissions
    • Numeric vs. Symbolic Representation
    • Setting Default File Permissions
  • VIII.Additional Unix System Commands
    • Interrogating Files
    • Comparing Files
    • Miscellaneous Commands
    • Command Line History
  • IX.Standard Input and Output
    • Definition of Standard Input and Output
    • Input/Output Redirection
    • Pipelines
    • Filters
    • Job Control
    • Foreground and Background Command Execution