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Lesson 1

Introduction to customizing your UNIX Session

This module describes common ways you can customize the UNIX environment. Because you talk to UNIX through the shell, you will learn how to take advantage of the C shell features used to customize your UNIX environment.
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
  1. Create and manage aliases
  2. Use the history feature to work with previous commands
  3. Customize your system prompt
  4. Use the .cshrc file to store your C shell settings
In the next lesson, command shortcuts using the alias command will be discussed.

You can customize the UNIX shell to save time, to save typing, and to adapt to your style of work. Shell startup files capture your preferences and recreate your shell environment session after session, even machine to machine.
If you work with a tool long enough, you master its purpose. Moreover, the tool becomes an extension of yourself. If you are a virtuoso, your tools of the trade effortlessly channel your intent, spirit, and expression to your medium.
By now, I hope your skills have reached those of a UNIX ninja. You practice your command-line katas and consult the oracle of man (Not the Oracle TM) when you crave knowledge. And you craft command combinations that perform sheer alchemy on data. You are at ease at the command line, and the shell feels comfortable and familiar.