SysAdmin Tips: Bash Shell Shortcuts

Bash, which is the default shell in Linux contains a whole lot of key bindings which makes it really easy to useĀ  The most commonly used shortcuts are listed below:
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____________CTRL Key Bound_____________
Ctrl + a – Jump to the start of the line
Ctrl + b – Move back a char
Ctrl + c – Terminate the command
Ctrl + d – Delete from under the cursor
Ctrl + e – Jump to the end of the line
Ctrl + f – Move forward a char
Ctrl + k – Delete to EOL
Ctrl + l – Clear the screen
Ctrl + r – Search the history backwards
Ctrl + R – Search the history backwards with multi occurrence
Ctrl + u – Delete backward from cursor
Ctrl + xx – Move between EOL and current cursor position
Ctrl + x @ – Show possible hostname completions
Ctrl + z – Suspend/ Stop the command

____________ALT Key Bound___________
Alt + < – Move to the first line in the history
Alt + > – Move to the last line in the history
Alt + ? – Show current completion list
Alt + * – Insert all possible completions
Alt + / – Attempt to complete filename
Alt + . – Yank last argument to previous command
Alt + b – Move backward
Alt + c – Capitalize the word
Alt + d – Delete word
Alt + f – Move forward
Alt + l – Make word lowercase
Alt + n – Search the history forwards non-incremental
Alt + p – Search the history backwards non-incremental
Alt + r – Recall command
Alt + t – Move words around
Alt + u – Make word uppercase
Alt + back-space – Delete backward from cursor

—————- More Special Keybindings ——————-

Here “2T” means Press TAB twice

$ 2T – All available commands(common)
$ (string)2T – All available commands starting with (string)
$ /2T – Entire directory structure including Hidden one
$ 2T – Only Sub Dirs inside including Hidden one
$ *2T – Only Sub Dirs inside without Hidden one
$ ~2T – All Present Users on system from “/etc/passwd”
$ $2T – All Sys variables
$ @2T – Entries from “/etc/hosts”
$ =2T – Output like ls or dir

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