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Search Paths | Commands - Exercise
Search paths and commands
Locating commands in Linux and Unix
Determine where a command is located and modify the search path to use the command.
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You are the systems administrator for an organization with offices in Bombay, Seattle, and London. Currently, you are in Seattle. You have found that you must reboot one of your UNIX systems. You have learned that the
shutdown -t1 -r
command will reboot the system. This system is relatively new, and no one has used the
command on it before.
In this exercise, you will see how well you understand determining where a command is located and modifying the search path. Although the simulation uses a Linux machine, the process is almost identical across all versions.
Start the simulation below and work through the situation presented.
You are already logged on as root, so shut down the system by typing |||(S1)shutdown -t 1 -r now shutting down|||(S0).
shutdown -t 1 -r now shutting down
Note the error message. Now, use the |||(S7)whereis|||(S0) command to determine the location of the shutdown file.
The whereis command
Type |||(S1)whereis shutdown|||(S0). This will tell you where the shutdown command is located.
Note that the system returns two entries: The first informs you about the location of the actual shutdown file (/sbin/shutdown). The second informs you about the presence of a man file about shutdown. Now, change to the /sbin directory.