Working with files and directories

Getting to the command prompt

The commands described in this book are all intended to be typed at a command prompt in a text display (or window, if you are using a graphical terminal).

There are several ways of getting to a command prompt, depending on how your system is configured. In general, you must first log in to the system, then (if you are using a graphical environment) open a shell window.

If you are using the graphical environment:

  1. Log in, as described in ``Starting the Desktop''.

  2. Open a UNIX window by double-clicking on the UNIX icon, located by default on the Desktop. Otherwise, select UNIX from the Tools menu.
If you are working on a character terminal:

  1. Log in, as described in ``Logging in''.

  2. If your login automatically starts up the SCO Shell, type:


You should now see a ``$'' or ``%'' symbol with the cursor positioned next to it. This is the command prompt: you are now ready to start entering commands.

Note that the examples in this chapter assume that you are running the Korn shell. If you are not sure which shell you are running, see ``Identifying your login shell''. If you are not running the Korn shell, type:


This starts a temporary Korn shell session.

If you have not used the command prompt before, you may want to refer to ``Getting started'' before continuing with this chapter.

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