Basic UNIX Commands

You have been introduced to the NFS (NCSU File System) and some of its functionality here at NC State. Much of what you have learned is what this system looks like and what comprises a pathname. Now you will learn some basic commands to make your use of NFS easier and more effective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the uses of basic Unix commands
  • Understand the general syntax for Unix commands
  • Learn useful tricks and tools

Extra Resources

If you would like to learn more about Unix commands, NC State offers a free account with, which hosts a variety of tutorial videos. Once you have set up your Lynda account, you can walk through Unix command training such as this one linked and earn a certificate.

Optional Video:

If you feel you need some more context in command-line, please watch this video (opens in YouTube) created by your instructor. This video uses Git Bash as the command-line, which may be of particular use to CSC 116 students.