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  • 1. GGSIPU-LUG (WELCOME BACK!) GETTING STARTED WITH THE LINUX SHELL
  • 2. WHAT’S THE SHELL? ● The shell (‘command line’) is a program that takes commands from you and gives them to the OS to perform. ● Before GUIs came around, the shell was the only way to interact with the OS. ● Even though GUIs are common today, it’s important to know how to use the shell if you want to use the full power of Linux ● Many different shell programs exist, but the most common one is called bash - short for Bourne Again SHell (since it was written by Steve Bourne).
  • 3. WHY USE A SHELL? ● GUIs are good at a lot of things, but they’re not good at everything. ● Using the shell can simplify your work and help you automate your tasks. Moreover, there are some things you just can’t do with a GUI. ● Here’s a little shell command that outputs the top ten largest files on your hard drive to a file called ‘diskuse.txt’ du -h | sort -h | tail > diskuse.txt ● Doing that on the GUI requires a specialized program written in a hundred or so lines of code.
  • 4. SHELL BASICS ● You can access a shell on pretty much any Linux system by hitting Ctrl + Alt + F1 - F6. ● Each of these key combinations produces a ‘new’ terminal - a bit like having six different screens, of which you can see one at a time. ● Once on a shell, you may get a prompt for a login and a password. Enter that, and you’ll get something like this ● Let’s take a closer look here.
  • 5. SHELL BASICS The text before the blinking cursor here is what we call a ‘prompt’, and it provides information about the computer you’re working on. The prompt here is puranjay@Slack:~$ There are four parts to this: puranjay is my username on the computer @Slack is the hostname (the ‘name’) of the computer ~ (the part after the :) means that I’m currently in my home directory $ means that I’m a normal user (not root)
  • 6. THREE VITAL COMMANDS which shows you which directory you are currently working in ● pwd , ● ls, which shows you the contents of the current directory ● cd, which allows you to change your directory
  • 7. COMPILING C/C++ PROGRAMS ● Linux comes with a great C language compiler called gcc. Generally, it’s pre-installed, but on some Ubuntu boxes, it’s not. If you’re using one of those boxes, you can install it from the internet by typing this in the shell: sudo aptitude install build-essential ● Once you have gcc up and running, you can use it to compile C programs. I’ve written a very basic program here (in notepad) as an example, and saved it as helloworld.c
  • 8. OUR EXAMPLE C PROGRAM /* Small C Program to demonstrate the use of gcc */ #include <stdio.h> int main() { printf (“Hello, world.n”); return 0; } /* End program*/ I’ve gone ahead and saved this program as helloworld.c in the /home/puranjay/Demo folder.
  • 9. OUR EXAMPLE C PROGRAM Before we can compile our program, we have to find the folder it’s in. First step : Find out where we are. A pwd command results in ‘/home/puranjay’. Now, I stored our program in the folder /home/puranjay/Demo’, so let’s try to get there. I’ve done cd Demo to change my directory to ‘Demo’, and then did a pwd, which confirms that I’m now in the right directory /home/puranjay/Demo
  • 10. OUR EXAMPLE C PROGRAM Just for fun, let’s check out the contents of our current directory, by doing an ls command. The ls command shows that there are four objects here. The first three, with a / in front of their name are directories (folders), and our shell has highlighted them in blue. Next to the directories, sure enough, is our C file, helloworld.c Now that we’re in the right folder, it’s time to start compiling.
  • 11. USING GCC ● gcc, like all compilers, is a complex piece of software in itself, consisting of over 7 million lines of code. It has numerous options for code optimization, error reporting, permissiveness and so forth. ● Since our program is a simple one, we needn’t be concerned with all the options. All we need is a simple command. ● Our command is gcc helloworld.c -o output The part right after gcc is our filename, helloworld.c .After providing the filename, we’ve added -o ouput which tells the compiler to make an executable output file called output
  • 12. USING GCC Another ls command reveals that the file output has now been created. It is marked with a * by our shell, to show that it is an executable file - it can be run. To run it, we’re just going to type its name in the shell. And there you go! Our program runs just as expected, displaying ‘Hello, world.’ on the screen.