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Increase prominence of core command line navigation skills #899

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hollybik opened this issue Jan 18, 2019 · 3 comments
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Increase prominence of core command line navigation skills #899

hollybik opened this issue Jan 18, 2019 · 3 comments

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@hollybik
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@hollybik hollybik commented Jan 18, 2019

Tab completion, moving around a line using 'Ctrl-a' and 'Ctrl-e', and using up/down arrow to view previous commands are three important concepts, but currently they are all buried in the middle of different Unix Shell sections. You have to read the lesson very carefully or you will miss the brief mention of these concepts. I would consider moving these skills up to the first "introducing the shell" section, since these are important core concepts. At minimum, I think they would be better covered up front at the beginning of one of the unix lesson subsections, and highlighted in a "key points" colored text box. Based on my workshop teaching experience, this is something that beginning command line users often get very confused about, and it benefits their confidence/skills to introduce these navigational tips early on in a workshop.

(Previously mentioned up in issue #854 as part of instructor checkout - closed and reopened each point as separate issue)

@gcapes gcapes changed the title Increasing prominence of core command line navigation skills Increase prominence of core command line navigation skills Jan 18, 2019
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@gcapes gcapes commented May 17, 2019

Thanks for the issue.

From experience, plenty of people don't get into the habit of using the tab key for auto-complete, so I would think your extra suggestions with ctrl-a and ctrl-e would be overload.

As for moving them into one place, I'm unsure about that too. I think it can be useful to have a long-ish command that needs retyping before the utility of using the up arrow to repeat previous commands is apparent.

What does anyone else think?

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@deppen8 deppen8 commented Sep 8, 2021

Closing as part of old issue cleanup. If there is still appetite for discussion, we can reopen.

@deppen8 deppen8 closed this Sep 8, 2021
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@gdevenyi gdevenyi commented Sep 8, 2021

Merged into #1221

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