Updated: 2017-01-20 00:48 EST

1 Readings, Assignments, Labs, Tests, and ToDo

1.1 Read (at least) these things (All The Words)

  1. Week 05 Notes HTML – this file – Read All The Words
  2. Practice Tests and Answers – practice questions for your midterm test.
  3. Selecting Fields with awk – extracting fields from input lines and columns from input files
  4. Start-Up Files – Login and Shell Startup Files, aliases, options: .bash_profile and .bashrc
  5. Shell Variables – quoting, local and environment variables, USER HOME SHELL PATH TERM $$
  6. Search PATH – how the shell finds commands
  7. Quoting – hiding characters from the shell
  8. Unix/Linux File System – directories, inodes, hard links
  9. Hard links and Unix/Linux file system index nodes (inodes)
  10. List of Commands You Should Know
  11. Linux and Sysadmin News in the World
  12. Video Tutorials on Lynda.com – tagged by week number

1.2 Assignments this week

Check the due date for each assignment and put a reminder in your agenda, calendar, and digital assistant. Just like in the Real World, not all due dates are on the same days or at the same times.

1.2.1 Worksheets

Worksheets are preparation for your assignments. You can’t do the assignments without having done the worksheets first, and you can’t do the worksheets without having first read the Course Notes: 1. Read. 2. Worksheet. 3. Assignment.

Form a small study group to do the worksheets. Each person tries the example given, and you make sure you all get the same answers. Worksheets are not for hand-in; they are not worth marks; the assignments test your knowledge of the lectures and worksheets.

The worksheets are available in four formats: Open Office (ODT), PDF, HTML, and Text. Only the Open Office format allows you “fill in the blanks” in the worksheet. The PDF format looks good but doesn’t allow you to type into the blanks in the worksheet. The HTML format is crude but useful for quick for viewing online.

Do NOT open the Worksheet ODT files using any Microsoft products; they will mangle the format and mis-number the questions. Use the free Libre Office or Open Office programs to open these ODT documents. On campus, you can download Libre Office here.

Worksheets prepare you for the upcoming assignments.

1.3 Lab work this week

1.4 Upcoming tests

Read the Test Instructions (all the words) before your midterm tests. Put these dates into your phone! Use the Name Game link to test your name before the test. I don’t answer questions about the instructions during the test.

  1. First Midterm test: 45 minutes; in lecture class on Wednesday in Week 6 (Oct 12)
  2. Second Midterm test: 45 minutes; in lecture class on Wednesday in Week 10 (Nov 9)

Tests take place in class in your 50-minute lecture period, not in your lab period. Each midterm test is 45 minutes long and contains approximately 45 multiple-choice questions similar to those found in Practice Tests and Answers.

1.4.1 Midterm Test #1 – Wednesday October 12

  • Midterm #1 takes place on Wednesday, October 12 (Week 6) in your scheduled lecture hour (not in your lab period).
  • For full marks, you must read the Test Instructions before the test for important directions on how to enter your name, answers, your lab (not lecture) section number, and the test version number on the question sheet and the mark-sense forms.
  • There may be more questions on the test than you can answer in the time allowed; answer the ones you know, first.
  • A set of practice questions and answers for the first midterm test is posted: Practice Tests and Answers.
    • The tests use the semicolon ; to separate multiple commands on the same line, to save space and paper, e.g. three separate commands can be written on one line like this: date ; echo "hi" ; ls
    • Do not use semicolons as an interactive human user! Type each command on its own line with the [Enter] key.
  • Blackboard has some quizzes taken randomly from the practice test. The full practice test itself is not part of your course grade, but the quizzes are part of your course grade. See below. See the Week 04 Notes HTML for how to earn all your quiz marks.
  • See the Course Outline for the mark weight of all the quizzes.

2 Notes from the Classroom

2.1 Commands Used

Keep a notebook with a List of Commands in it. - You need to write down yourself what each command does. - I will check for this list in your lab periods. - Check the updated list of commands each week. - Bring your notes to class! Stop wasting time looking up commands.

3 Tutoring

Many students find that hiring a personal tutor helps them get through the first term. Financial assistance is available. See Algonquin Peer Tutoring

4 Moving Assignment 2 files

If you want to clean up files in your HOME directory, you can create an assignment02 directory under Assignments and move all your Assignment 2 files into it. The checking program will check there for your files.

Take Notes in Class

Take Notes in Class

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