FAQs for Linux

Students in the sciences may work with the command line. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point rather than a central resource.

If your question isn't answered or you still need help, email or call (856) 225-6274. The Information Technology Help Desk is in the Rutgers Student Computer Lab. Staff members are available during regular operating hours.

I need to brush up on Linux. Where can I start?

Self-starters may want to try Another useful resource is the edX site, which offers self-paced courses in partnership with LinuxFoundationX.

Where can I find a list of Linux commands?

There are many great sites listing Linux commands. Use the button below to search Google for them.

Is there a “help” command in Linux?

The Linux command line doesn’t have a searchable help feature. The man command in Linux brings up a manual page for a command, but to use it you need to already know which command you want to look up.

An explanation of man pages is available at Data Expedition Inc.