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Bite Size Command Line!

Puzzled by ps? Flummoxed by find? Always wondered about awk? The Bite Size Command Line zine is here to help! Every page takes a command line tool and explains the most important things to know about it.

Commands you’ll learn about: grep, find, xargs, awk, sed, tar, ps, top, sort, uniq, head, tail, less, kill, cat, lsof, and various SUPER USEFUL bash tricks.

I want this!


  • Cover art by Vladimir Kašiković
  • Editing by Kamal Marhubi

Commonly asked questions:

what's a zine?

According to Wikipedia:

A fanzine (blend of fan and magazine or -zine) is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest.

The zines on this site are usually about 20 pages, and they’re full of short, informative, and fun comics which will quickly teach you something useful.

who are these zines for?

They’re aimed at working programmers, like me! The idea is that you’re busy, you want to know how to use some computer thing, and the man page makes your head hurt.

how do I read them?

The easiest way to read any of these is on your computer.

But the best way to read them is to print it out, staple it, fold it, read it, and then give it to a friend. It turns out it’s way easier to convince your friends to read a physical thing that is in front of them.

They all have black & white version to make sure they print well if you only have a black & white printer.

is it a PDF?

yes! You can read it right away on your computer, and it comes with a printable PDF you can print yourself at home. Here are print directions!

do you sell print copies?

The "Bite Size..." zines have print versions available right now but the others don't yet. Print copies of all the zines are coming soon! (though there is a print box set of my free zines)

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