Long time no see! This month has been crazy with all the assignments, midterms, and interviews. Things are almost becoming less hectic (I hope). In the meantime, I’ve decided to do see how many letters of the alphabet I can come up with a Unix command for! This was inspired by an interview question I got. I couldn’t even come up with one at “A”.

A

“A” is for, again I have no idea.
Possible answer: alias
Oh man, I totally learned about this command in one of my second year courses! Such a fail.

B

Drawing a blank…
Possible answer: bc
Ooh it’s a calculator, handy!

C

clear
Cleared terminals are nice.

D

date

E

egrep
EWW REGEX.

F

find
IMMA FIND YOU.

G

grep
EWW REGEX AGAIN.

H

history

I

info

J

Julia?
Possible answer: jobs
List of active jobs!

K

kill

L

ls
Whenever I “cd” into a directory, I “ls” instinctively.

M

mkdir
I pronounce this as “mac-dur”. I know it’s make…

N

Possible answer: nice
This is for running a command on low priority. Noice.

O

open

P

ping
Internet, where you at?

Q

Aww, “quit” isn’t a command.
Possible answer: quota
This displays disk limits and usage. Exciting!

R

rm
Do “rm *”, I dare you!

S

sudo
Funny story, I deleted myself from sudoers once!

T

touch
I never got why this command has the name it has. It should be “create” or something.

U

Possible answer: users
Users, self-explanatory

V

Possible answer: vmstat
This shows virtual memory statistics. Fancy.

W

which

X

Possible answer: xargs
This is called to execute utilities.

Y

Possible answer: yes
Prints a string until interrupted? What? Why?!

Z

zip

Final Verdict

I got 17/26 = 65%. Not bad, not bad.

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