Introduction to the Linux Command Line (3/16 & 3/17)

by PICSciE/Research Computing

Training/Workshop Research & Data Analysis

Wed, Mar 16, 2022

3 PM – 5 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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This heavily hands-on two-part workshop introduces participants to the Linux filesystem and the Linux command line, specifically the bash shell. It will demonstrate how to navigate the filesystem, how to manage files and folders, how to work with files using some common Linux text utilities, and how to run programs, and how to accomplish more complex tasks using streams and pipelines.  It will also touch on additional filesystem concepts such as links, file permissions, environment variables, and startup files. While the emphasis is on Linux, much of the workshop material translates to macOS or other Unix systems (exceptions will be noted).

The workshop meets two times. 

Workshop format: Interactive Zoom presentation with hands-on exercises.

Target audience: This workshop is suitable both for people with no prior knowledge of computer programming or of Linux/Unix and for participants with prior exposure who have been “going through the motions” and would like a better understanding of what they’re doing. People with extensive experience will likely find the workshop too elementary, though even this group may still find worthwhile nuggets of new information.

Knowledge prerequisites: Though not strictly required, registrants will get more out of the workshop if they read some specific tutorials at  *before* the workshop (~1-2 hrs of reading).  Specifically, participants should read through tutorials 1-5, 7-9, and 11 found on that page. 

Hardware/software prerequisites: For this workshop, users must also have an account on our Adroit cluster, and they should confirm that they can SSH into Adroit *at least 48 hours beforehand*. Details on all of the above can be found in this guide. THERE WILL BE LITTLE TO NO TROUBLESHOOTING DURING THE WORKSHOP!

Learning objectives: Since knowledge doesn’t always “stick” after a brief exposure, the workshop mainly aims to (i) expose people to this material firsthand, (ii) provide resources for further learning and self-study, and (iii) arm participants with enough conceptual understanding of how Linux works “under the hood” to make sense of those resources.


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Rishi Joshi

Princeton University

Rishi Joshi is a Research Data Storage Management Engineer for Research Computing and the Princeton Research Data Service.  His focus is in enabling research by applying supercomputing architecture to new areas of need. Before joining Princeton, Rishi was fortunate to work on the largest private and public clusters as a specialty platform engineer, where he found a passion in bringing HPC infrastructure and tools to various new AI, research, and media platforms previously facing bottlenecks. Now his goal is to strategically architect storage clusters to handle the next generations of diverse research workloads. Rishi received his MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.


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Kevin Abbey

Princeton University

Kevin Abbey is a Systems Administrator in the Princeton Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) at Princeton University.  He ensures the clusters and storage are up and running well.  You’ll also find him answering support tickets when you have questions.  Prior to his current position, Kevin was a systems administrator at Rutgers University for 15 years supporting research computing at both departmental and campus wide levels.  Kevin has a M.S. in Bioinformatics and B.S. in Chemistry from Northeastern University. 


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