6. Being Productive

This chapter collects some commands that can help you accomplish everyday tasks quickly and efficiently. Many of the commands are faster or more reliable replacements for popular graphical applications. For example, wget can replace a graphical download manager.

Contents of this chapter:

  • alias (define command shortcuts)
  • alsamixer (audio mixer)
  • bc (command line calculator)
  • history (display command history)
  • rsync (fast, versatile file copying tool)
  • tar (Linux archiving utility)
  • unrar (extract files from RAR archives)
  • unzip (extract files from ZIP archives)
  • wget (tool for downloading files)
  • xmodmap (change key bindings)