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It's surely easy to do while using a graphical environment, but when I'm using the shell I have no idea on how to do that, I already tried to use copy, move, delete, and I discovered that these word are not existent commands on the shell.

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These are:

  • Copy: cp file_name <directory|file_name>
  • Move: mv file_name <directory|file_name>
  • Delete: rm file_name

Visit their man pages for more information.

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Note that the command descriptions are incomplete/incorrect. For cp and mv the 2nd parameter can be, and quite frequently is, a file name, it doesn't have to be a directory. – Levon Jul 15 '12 at 21:04
@Levon: Thank you. Added the other possibility. Keeping it simple. – Birei Jul 15 '12 at 21:10

The commands you are looking for are: cp, mv and rm - but that won't help you past those specific tasks.

You'd really benefit from reading basic tutorials (see links below) on using a Linux/Unix system from the command line, or picking up an intro text from your local library. If you are somewhat familiar with the Windows command shell, then you will find some basic similarities (of course the commands are still different).

In the meantime, check out the manual (a.k.a. man) pages. To find out more about them you can type

man man 

at the command prompt.

Another very useful command line switch to use with man is -k, it will list commands related to the search term you list. For instance

man -k delete

will list all the commands that have to do with "delete". Of course you have to be somewhat selective in what you search on. A man -k file will get you tons of commands since most commands do something with files :)

I just did this google search: "how to use the unix command line" and found a bunch of pages. Here are 3 that might be helpful:

and I bet there are some intro videos on youTube (<- check this link :) too.

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TLDP has always been a great source for initial learning: tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/intro-linux.html – Bananguin Jul 17 '12 at 7:04

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