Ubuntu Quick Reference

As much as I use Ubuntu, I still often wonder what the right command is
for certain tasks, or can’t remember the syntax. This is intended to be
a list of common Ubuntu tasks and commands, mostly from the command
line, because it’s freaking linux, and why wouldn’t you use the command
line? This isn’t a guide on how to install software on Ubuntu, even if
there are a few notes on that in this document.


Ubuntu version Info
cat /etc/issue Gives you the Ubuntu version number: ” Ubuntu 6.06.1
uname -r Gives you the running kernel version
Checking Performance Stats  
you a breakdown of memory usage.
Using root mode  
sudo -s -H Switches to root mode as root user (home directory will
be root’s)
sudo -s Switches to root mode, but as current user. (home
directory will be the same)
up VMWare tools (ubuntu as guest)
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
< regular vmware tools install for tar install>
I’ve always had to compile the vmware tools during the
install, which requires the linux headers and the build tools. This is
what is necessary from a basic install to get to the point of being
able to install the vmware tools. Note that as new versions of VMWare
workstation come out, this will no longer apply.
Ruby on Rails
sure you have edited your sources.list to include the universe
sudo apt-get install ruby
sudo apt-get install ri
sudo apt-get install rdoc
sudo wget http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/11289/rubygems-0.9.0.tgz
< or download rubygems.0.x.x.tgz from RubyForge
tar -xvzf rubygems-0.9.0.tgz
cd rubygems-0.9.0
sudy ruby setup.rb
sudo gem install rails –include-dependencies
Install Ruby, addons such as RubyGems, and then use
RubyGems to install Rails
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
sudo apt-get install libmysql-ruby
If you are planning on using Mysql with rails, you’ll
want to run these commands.
sudo apt-get install sqlite3
sudo apt-get install libsqlite3-ruby
Use this to install sqlite along with the ruby bindings
from Hoary or Breezy to Dapper

sudo sed ’s/hoary/dapper/g’
/etc/apt/sources.list > /etc/apt/tmp && mv
/etc/apt/tmp /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade

Update your sources.list to point to the Dapper
repository, and then use the regular system upgrade commands to update.
If you are upgrading from breezy to dapper, then change the
s/hoary/dapper/g part to be s/breezy/dapper/g

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