We will have a rolling reboot of login and compute nodes of Owens cluster starting from Monday, April 16, 2018.

Users may have been experiencing job failures on Owens cluster since April 16, 2018

Introduction to Linux / UNIX


This brief course is designed to introduce users without UNIX or Linux experience to the core concepts and tools necessary to be productive on a UNIX or UNIX-like operating system. Includes hands-on exercises.


  • Basic structure of Linux
  • Getting out of trouble (control keys)
  • Linux command structure
  • Getting help (man pages)
  • Logging in and out
  • Organization of files and directories into a tree hierarchy
  • Basic file and directory related commands
  • Absolute and relative paths, wildcards
  • File/directory permissions and how to change them
  • Screen editors (emacs, vi, nano)
  • Linux shell (primarily bash)
  • I/O redirection and UNIX / Linux piping
  • Searching files (grep, find)

Who Should Attend

OSC users with little or no experience using the command line of a UNIX or UNIX-like operating system.


There are no prequisites.

Method of Delivery

Slide presentation and hands-on exercises. A recent copy of the materials can be found below.

Additional Information

Contact oschelp@osc.edu with questions.

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