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Using the Linux Terminal

DAC servers primarily run on Linux Operating Systems (OS), which means you will be interfacing with DAC data using either a "Windows Terminal" (if you are a Windows user) or a "Mac Terminal" (if you are a Mac user). You will need to know some Linux commands in order to navigate in the DAC server environment. To get started, it's important to understand the basic commands for knowing "where you are" (directory) and what files you will be working with. Below are some basic Linux navigation commands in regular font for what you would type and an explanation in italics to describe what the command does:

  • cd  - This command let's you change directory. When you first login to the DAC, you will be in your home directory {yournetid@server ~]
  • ls - This commands lists the files in the current directory.
  • mkdir - This command makes a new directory. 
  • cp - This command copies a file from one location to another.

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