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Command Line

When you double click on a folder to open it, you are using the Graphical User Interface of an operating system. Most people find the GUI easy and intuitive. There is another way to open folders using the Command Line Interface. Most people find the CLI more confusing at first, but it can be faster and more powerful than the GUI. In this assignment we'll practice using the CLI to make some folders. Modern operating systems have both a CLI and a GUI. They are called different things in different operating systems, so we will start with some vocabulary:

Operating System CLI GUI a folder is called
Windows Command Prompt File Explorer folder
MacOS Terminal MacOS Finder folder
Unix shell or bash too many to list here directory

The Unix CLI is especially powerful. We are going to use a program called Git Bash that lets us use Unix CLI commands on a Windows computer. The Unix commands you will use in this assignment are:

cd ~ Change to the home directory (open the home folder)
cd .. Navigate up ("go back") one folder
cd <some folder> Open the folder named <some folder>
pwd Present Working Directory (the current folder)
ls List the contents of the current folder
mkdir Make a new folder
rmdir Remove an empty folder

In this assignment you are going to create some folders. You will then take a picture of those folders with a screen shot. You will submit the screen shot to show that you have completed the assignment. You may find the PowerPoint slides 13 to 22 of the apjava1.pptx presentation helpful.

Step 1: Open Git Bash

One way to open Git Bash is to click on the Start Menu and choose All Programs | Git | Git Bash

Step 2: Open Windows Explorer

One way in Windows 7 is to click on the Start Menu and double click on Computer. In Windows 8, Windows Explorer is called File Explorer.

Step 3: Arrange the two windows so they are about the same size and side by side

Your two windows should look like this
Image 1

Step 4: Navigate to the My Documents folder in Windows Explorer

"Navigate" in this context means "to go there." One way is to click on Documents under Computer in the left of the Windows Explorer window. This opens the My Documents folder to let us see its contents. So we just "navigated" to the My Documents folder.

Step 5: Navigate to and show the contents of the My Documents folder in Git Bash

The following four commands should help you navigate to your documents folder. Note that you should replace < your school loop username > with your school loop username without the < and >.
cd c:
cd users
cd < your school loop username >
cd documents
Image 2

Step 6: Use Git Bash to create a new folder called junk

One way is to type the command mkdir junk (which means to make a new directory called junk) and then type the command ls to list the contents of the directory. Notice that the folder junk also pops up in Windows Explorer on the right. It's very important to realize we are looking at the same folder two different ways. Git Bash and Windows Explorer are actually very similar. Your two windows should look like this:
Image 3

Step 7: Use Git Bash to delete the folder junk

One way is to type the command rmdir junk (which means to remove the directory called junk). Again, notice that the folder junk is deleted from Windows Explorer on the right as well. And again, it's because we are looking at the same folder two different ways. Your two folders should look like this: Image 3.5

Step 8: Use Git Bash to create a new folder called apjava

See step 6 for one way of doing this

Step 9: Navigate to the apjava folder in Git Bash

One way is to type the command cd apjava. Then type the command pwd to confirm that your present working directory is apjava.

Step 10: Navigate to the apjava folder in Windows Explorer

One way is to double click on the apjava folder to open it. Your two windows should look like this:
Image 4

Step 11: Using Git Bash, create three folders in the apjava folder

The three folders should have one word names that match:
Your first name
The month of your birthday
Your favorite fruit

See if you can do it without going back and looking at Step 6 again. You should see something similar to the following picture with differently named folders
Image 5

Step 12: Using Git Bash, navigate into the folder with your name and then navigate back out

Type the following four commands in this order
cd <your first name>
pwd
cd ..
pwd

Step 13: Remove the folder with the same name as the month of your birthday

See if you can do it without looking back at step 7.

Step 14: Take a screen shot and save it

One way to do this in Windows Explorer is with the snipping tool. In Windows 7 click the Start button, and then click Snipping Tool. Click and drag to capture the two windows and then choose File | Save. Your screenshot should look similar to the one below.
Image 6

Step 15: Submit your screenshot to the dropbox for the assignment in School Loop
Click on the assignment and choose Submit Work Device. Browse to your file and submit it.

You're all done!