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Typographical conventions

In what follows, we shall use the following typographical conventions:

  • Characters written in bold typewriter font are commands to be typed into the computer as they stand.

  • Characters written in italic typewriter font indicate non-specific file or directory names.

  • Words inserted within square brackets [ ] indicate keys to be pressed.

So, for example,

% ls anydirectory [Return]

means "at the UNIX prompt %, type ls followed by the name of some directory, then press the key marked return"

Don't forget to press the [Return] key: commands are not sent to the computer until this is done.


Note: UNIX is "case-sensitve", so LS is not the same as ls.

The same applies to filenames, so myfile.txt, MyFile.txt and MYFILE.TXT are three seperate files. Beware if copying files to a PC, since DOS and Windows do not make this distinction.
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