I was wondering what this means? I know that CD stands for change directory does this take me to the home directory, if so what does $ mean?
What you see is command line prompt. It usually looks more or less like this:
$) means you're either root, or non-root.
However, you can change the prompt. The value of the prompt is held under
You will notice many strange characters. These are some formatting characters that allow you to input things like user name or hostname, instead of hard-coding them.
You can change it yourself, if you want:
Note how it won't change if you set it to some ordinary string. Changing it like so will only affect it temporary - will work for your current terminal session. You can add it to your
.bashrc if you want to change it (almost) permanently.