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Old 10-27-2012, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Does anyone ENJOY using the shell (i.e. "command prompt") to get things done?

Personally, I love it. Or at least I love it in the beginning. Every time I use Linux, and haven't used it in a long time, I feel like a computer master. And sometimes it's much more efficient than pointing-and-clicking.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:44 AM
 
Location: NJ Shore
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Yes - CMD prompt for file management; "Start Search" box (Vista & Windows 7) for CP items. I hit the Windows Key and start typing until my selection appears; hit enter. Much easier v. Control Panel + click, click, click.

Nothing beats an Admin CMD prompt or a 3rd party file manager running at an elevated level to move files around or to copy & rename them.

Using Windows Explorer to take ownership, change perms or file attributes takes too long and can be a nightmare going through the screens. Much easier to run takeown & icacls commands to do those type of tasks. Same for changing file attributes. ATTRIB from Admin CMD is the way to go.

I rarely use Windows Explorer GUI - it is too restrictive for me.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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I have found it wonderful for telephone tech support. (My software typically runs on "virgin" computers to keep employees working and not playing on the net.) It doesn't matter how a user has the computer configured, what files windows wants to hide, or what it wants to allow or not allow, that little black box cuts through the ***** and gets the job done.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Does anyone ENJOY using the shell (i.e. "command prompt") to get things done?

Personally, I love it. Or at least I love it in the beginning. Every time I use Linux, and haven't used it in a long time, I feel like a computer master. And sometimes it's much more efficient than pointing-and-clicking.
Having cut my baby teeth on DOS, there was a time, long ago, when I turned to the C:> prompt on a daily basis to get things done.

Alas, I have gotten Windows-lazy and just point and click most days.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I wouldn't say I love it, but it is OK.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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Even though PowerShell is much more powerful, I still use Command Line (Prompt) for almost all of my scripts because of how universally effective yet simple it is. I cannot say the same for PS. Task automation is much easier using Windows batch files which is based on CL.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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The good ol days of DOS.

Most people view computers as a means to an end.

Not having to look under the hood and now all the techie stuff.

Grandma wants to check her FB acccount to see the new pics of the baby.

Not to try and have to remember syntax.......
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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I used to support Solaris and RH Enterprise, there was nothing other than the CLI...

With the CLI you have the man page or /? to help you on syntax.

With the GUI you have Google search.

Both have their +'s and -'s.....
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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With CLI you have Google Search, too (the Lynx browser is about as universally available as it gets, and I remember there being, a long time ago, a graphical browser for DOS called "Arachne")
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:29 AM
 
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For many tasks it is quicker, easier, and more user friendly than a GUI.

But I have also spent most of my time on computers at the CLI, starting in 1970 entering commands into a mainframe on a TTY SPO, then on to BTOS/CTOS, Unix, NetWare, DOS, and Cisco IOS (which is still CLI based)
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