Beginners – Informational Commands

Valic —  January 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

You will use these commands to find out and display some informations about your system or about users:

 Linux Command Description


This will show a list with all currently running process (programs). The most often used command is ps -aux


This is showing what users are logged on and what they are doing.


This command prints your user ID and your group ID’s.

Example: for root the output looks like this: uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)


Report filesystem disk space usage. You will use the most the df -h (human readab) command.


This is called estimate file space usage and is used for disk usage for folders. du -s is the command that provides a summary for the current directory.


This command displays Linux tasks. Displays CPU processes in a full-screen GUI and is  a great way to see the activity on your computer in real-time. To quit you need to type Q.


Displays amount of free and used memory in the system.
cat /proc/cpuinfo
Displays information about your CPU.
cat /proc/meminfo
Display lots of information about current memory usage. Like free but with much more details.

uname -a

This command prints system information like kernel version, machine type, hostname, hardware platform, and others. use man uname for more details.


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