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Command Line Reference

Introduction to the commands

This document is intended as a quick reference for using commands on SliTaz via a Linux terminal or a graphical terminal (xterm). There are many GNU/Linux commands for file handling, system maintenance or network management. You can also browse the web, chat on IRC, download files, edit scripts or even play games in text mode. Note it is necessary to operate as root to assemble the hard drive or cdrom. You can use the command su to become system administrator.

Help and list available commands

Most GNU/Linux system commands have an option for providing information on their use. For support on the use of a command, it is necessary to type the command followed by the --help option. Example using the cp command to copy files:

 $ cp --help 

To list all the commands available on the system, you can simply press the Tab button on the left of the keyboard twice. For commands provided by the Busybox utility you can type:

 $ busybox --help 

List the files in a directory

To list the files and folders contained in a directory, you can use the ls command. For all options remember to use the –help flag. To simply list the files in the current directory:

 $ ls 

List all the files using the -al option:

 $ ls -al 

List a directory:

 $ ls /home/slitaz 

Moving around directories

To browse to the files, you can use the cd command:

 $ cd /usr/share/doc
 Back to the parent directory:
 $ cd ..

To go into the directory of the user (root = /root):

 $ cd
 Or :
 $ cd ~
 Or :
 $ cd $HOME

Copy files

The cp command copies files or folders. The example copies the info.txt file in the current directory into the Documents directory:

 $ cp info.txt Documents/ 

Copy a whole directory. Here the command copies the Templates directory into /home/hacker:

 $ cp -a Templates /home/hacker 

Move (rename) files or directories

When source and target file are in the same file system and the target file does not exist, the mv command simply renames the source file:

 $ mv file1 file2 

It can also rename directories (provided the new directory doesn't exist):

 $ mv ~/Documents ~/Docs 

Move files (and directories) to a new directory:

 $ mv file1 file2 dir1 dir2 ~/Documents 

When renaming is not possible, the mv command takes the contents of a file and copies it to a new file, then deletes the original file.

Create a new file

The touch command can create a new empty file:

 $ touch newfile 

Create a new directory

This command will create a new directory. The following command creates a directory called Projects. It will be created in the directory /home of the current user or in the directory which one is in. Note you can display your current working directory with the pwd command:

 $ mkdir Projects 

Creation of a directory named script-1.0 in the Projects folder:

 $ mkdir Projects/script-1.0 

You can also create a directory tree with the -p parents option:

 $ mkdir -p one/two/three/four 

Delete files or directories

The command rm lets you delete a file. Let's remove the file work.txt which is in the current directory:

 $ rm work.txt 

The command rm has several options. To delete a directory and its contents, we use the -rf option. Example:

 $ rm -rf /home/hacker/Templates 

Be careful when using this option. It will delete everything without asking!

Note you can also use the -i option to remove files or directories and their contents interactively:

 $ rm -ir /home/hacker/Templates 

View files

To read the contents of a file or script, you can use the less, more or cat commands, or the web browser Retawq. Examples with a README file, essential.txt, and

 $ less -EM essential.txt
 or :
 $ more README
 or :
 $ cat /path/to/

Display a text or html file with the web browser Retawq:

 $ retawq /usr/share/doc/index.html 

Edit files

Editing text files, scripts, configuration files, etc, can be done easily using the text editor GNU Nano in a console or graphical terminal. Example with a file bookmarks.html (<Ctrl+X> to quit and save):

 $ nano Public/bookmarks.html 


You can use the cat command to create various text files. EOF signifies End Of File, this is where the file ends. Example with a file packages.list, this removes the current contents of the file and lets you add some new text:

 $ cat > packages.list << "EOF"
 The text...
 and more text


To append to the following text file, put two greater than signs (») after cat, example:

 $ cat >> packages.list << "EOF"
 The text...

Surf the web quickly and simply with the 'retawq' text-mode web browser. Note that you can also use the local browser. You can then navigate easily with the arrows on your keyboard - links are colored blue and can be followed by pressing <ENTER>:

 $ retawq
 or :
 $ retawq http://localhost/

Talk on IRC

To discuss and transfer files via the many IRC servers available, SliTaz provides LostIRC. The IRC client is simple, fast and lightweight, providing a pleasant, easy to handle GTK configuration menu. One of the main IRC channels for slitaz is

Download files

To download various file formats on the internet, you have the wget command. To grab a simple html page, the contents of a folder or an entire website:

  $ wget 

List the available partitions

To list the partitions on an internal or external hard drive, you can use cat to display the contents of /proc/partitions or use the fdisk utility with the -l option meaning list. You can then mount the individual partition(s) that you want to use:

 $ cat /proc/partitions
 or :
 # fdisk -l

Mount a partition, CD or USB drive

To mount a local partition in the SliTaz filesystem, we recommend you use the /mnt directory. Example creating the necessary directory and mounting the hda6 partition of the first local hard drive on /mnt/hda6:

 # mkdir -p /mnt/hda6
 # mount -t ext3 /dev/hda6 /mnt/hda6

SliTaz functions in RAM, you can mount the same cdrom or remove it to mount another (/dev/cdrom is a link to the first cdrom drive). Note that a cdrom is a removable medium and should be mounted on /media:

  # mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom 

To mount a USB or flash drive you must specify the proper filesystem. Normally a USB key is formatted in FAT32 which can be read from GNU/Linux and Windows operating systems. On a GNU/Linux system is it generally recognized as the sda1 device - we now prepare a link sda1 on flash to facilitate the task. Note it is also a removable medium and should be mounted on /media:

  # mount -t vfat /dev/flash /media/flash 

Turn off the system or restart

To stop or restart SliTaz, you can use the halt or reboot commands or the <Ctrl+Alt+Delete> key combination which enables a system reboot. In case of any problems you can use the -f option signifing forced:

 # halt
 To restart :
 # reboot
 Or :
 # reboot -f
en/handbook/commands.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/01 07:30 by hgt