Mastering Unix commands: 10 how-to videos to get you started

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Combining Unix commands

Watching the spectacular precision of OK GO's Rube Goldberg video can make you smile, laugh, heck, it can even fill you with a sense of wonder. But does it teach you anything? Did you learn how to build a domino show? Or how to cultivate the patience that must take to complete?

Sure, watching instructional videos isn't nearly as enjoyable as watching dancing cats or funny tech videos, but heck, you just might learn something. In fact, we're pretty sure you will. We've rounded up 10 of YouTube's best beginner Unix videos from users just like you who have taken the time to share what they know. Sit back, relax, and take a few minutes to learn from their experience.

Whether you are a newbie or speak Unix as a second language, learning Unix commands has never been so fun.

And, hey, if you have any favorite Unix how-to videos, we want to know about it. Share them with us in the comments.

Overview of Unix commands

Brand new to Unix? Start here with this friendly, if overly simplistic, video which will show you the very basics of using Unix commands such as pwd, ls, ls -l, cd, mkdir, mv, cp, and rm.

If you prefer to learn the basics of using the shell in a way that's a bit less, err, chirpy, this video might be just what you're looking for.

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