How to Look Like a UNIX Guru

February 7th, 2006 | Tags:

Here’s a very useful set of instructions that every developer that deploys on unix/linux should know.

“If you want to be a serious server developer, you will need to have a certain facility with a number of UNIX tools; about 15. You will start to see similarities among them, particularly regular expressions, and soon you will feel very comfortable. Combining the simple commands, you can build very powerful tools very quickly–much faster than you could build the equivalent functionality in C or Java, for example.”

My favorite of all the commands mentioned is rsync. I use it daily to move things around between servers and even on the same machine. I’ll discuss rsync and how I use it later.

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