Getting around Linux
Tutorials for the complete newbie
There are many tutorials out there. Google is your friend.
- A nice
UNIX tutorial. The graphical
examples are set
in RedHat Linux, but the command-line examples are generic.
Setting your path
To use software installed on your machine, you may need to
set your path.
Linux command reference materials
There are many reference guides out there. Google is your friend.
- O'Reilly's index of man pages for Linux commands.
Not all commands will be present on your system, and precise syntax can
vary slightly from version to version. This is a good place to start when looking up an unfamilar command.
Remote editing with TRAMP
TRAMP lets you use a local Emacs to edit a remote file. Note that the Tramp syntax seems to vary between the different versions of Emacs.
Public key authentication with SSH
SSH lets you use public key authentication instead of password authentication. Among other good things, this lets you run parallel jobs without typing your password for each process. If you do any parallel computing, or if you're
just plain lazy (an admirable character trait in a computational scientist)
you'll want to set up PK for SSH.
There are many ssh tutorials on the Interwebs. Here's a detailed tutorial with troubleshooting notes.
Last modified: Wed Sep 8 23:46:38 CDT 2010