CIS18A: Introduction to Linux/Unix


Winter 2016
Midterm: Feb 17 2016, Finals: TBD

College academic Calendar: Winter 2016

Instructor Information

  • Name: Lalitha Krishnamurthy
  • Email: krishnamurthylalitha at fhda dot edu
  • Online Lab Hours: Wednesdays 845PM-10PM
  • Office Hours: Available via Email: Mondays 830 to 930 PM
  • Lecture timings for CIS18A : M/W 6 PM - 750 PM

    Course Description

    This course is designed to discuss Linux/Unix Operating environment and its features. Linux/Unix commands, file structure, Regular expressions, shell features will be discussed Introduction to the features of the UNIX/LINUX operating system including text editing, text file manipulation, electronic mail, Internet utilities, directory structures, input/output handling, and shell features are part of the course curriculum

    CIS18A Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)

    Use the Unix/Linux Operating System utilities and shell features for basic file manipulation, networking, and communication.

    Course Objectives

  • Edit text using the vi editor. Read Chapter 6.
  • Maintain file and directory system
  • Establish security and file permission, Perform basic file maintenance and use information utilities
  • Utilize the shells, Read Chapter 4
  • Run shell commands, Implement quoting rules
  • Communicate with email and communication utilities
  • Apply filters and use implement basic regular expression
  • Use basic utilities to explore system data, user data, and common tasks: exit, passwd, who, whoami, finger, w, tty, stty, uname, clear, man, lpr, script, bc, date, cal, echo, exit
  • Observe the different file types; explore filename conventions and use wildcards; use utilities that manipulate regular files: cat, more, less, ls, touch, cp, mv, rm
  • Use the vi editor to edit text files with basic commands to move to a certain place in the file, add, delete, search, replace, substitute, copy and paste, cut and paste, bring in another file, save to another file, undo redo, save, quit
  • Work with the directory tree and path name convention; use utilities that work with directories: pwd, cd, mkdir, rmdir, which, whereis, find
  • Investigate the concept of links and types of links; create links to regular files and directories; explore inodes
  • Communicate with other users using write and talk; send and receive mail, including reply, forward, save functions; work across the network using ssh and sftp
  • Demonstrate the levels of permission (ugo) and the types of permission (rwx); set file permission; explore the effects of different types of permissions; changing the permission mask
  • Using features of the shell: redirection, tee, pipe, running commands one one command line, command grouping, command substitution, quoting rules, job control, variables, environment variables, aliases, command history; explore the major types of shell
  • Use filters to produce a required output: more, less, head, tail, cut, paste, wc, uniq, diff, comp, sort, egrep
  • Use basic regular expressions for pattern matching: atoms, anchors, operators

    Detailed Class Outline

    Week 1 & 2 What is Unix, Why Unix, Architectural overview of Unix, Unix versions, Unix login procedure. Read Chapter 1,2,3
    Week 3 & 4 Unix utilities/commands, Unix commands structure, Unix commands passwd, id, who, whois, whoami, ps, top, Unix editors, vi, cat, less, more, pg, page and other filters, Read Chapter 1,2,3,4,5
    Week 4 & 5 Unix directory structure, Unix file types. Unix file related commands, ls, mkdir, rmdir, cp , mv etc. Unix file globbing. Read Chapter 4,5  
    Week 6 Review, Unix file permissions, chmod, chown. Midterm: Oct 28 
    Week 7 & 8 Unix process management: process identifiers, ps, vmstat, top, sar commands, process hierarchy, Shell basics and commands
    Week 9 & 10 grep and egrep its metacharacters and examples, Xargs and examples. Introduce shell, regular expressions, File redirection, Shell Pipelines, Redirection  
    Week 11 & 12 Summary, Finals 6:15pm  

    Texts / Resources

  • Book store has the first book, Please use that. It is ok to use a older version. If you prefer or have the second one, you can also use the second book. (Not required to purchase the second one)
  • A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming (3rd Edition) by Mark G. Sobell (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0133085044 ISBN-10: 013308504X Edition: 3rd
  • Practical Guide to the Linux, Mark Sobell, Addison-Wesley. ISBN-10: 0201895498, ISBN-13: 978-0201895490


    a. In-class assignments 1 for each week for 12 weeks = 60 points, Midterm/Finals 20 points each. Absolute grading for this course (ie I will NOT be grading on a CURVE for cis18a).
  • A+ 97% or above
  • A 94%-96%
  • A- 90%-93%
  • B+ 87%-89%
  • B 84%-86%
  • B- 80%-83%
  • C+ 75%-79%
  • C- 70%-74%
  • D 50%-69%
  • F Below 50%