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Add a splash of color to your command line environment

By default, much of the text in a Linux terminal is just black letters on a white background. While it has a certain peaceful aesthetic about it, this wall of text is needlessly difficult to “parse” with your eyes. Everyone I know that remained sane while using the terminal for extended periods of time has configured the thing to their personal taste.

As you probably know already, your terminal can display colors. Color can be leveraged to add another dimension of information to the text on your screen and provide helpful marks so you can easily see what’s going on.

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The most useful key on your keyboard: TAB

It has occurred to me that not everyone has been using a command line since the DOS era. Some may have only encountered the command line very recently as they make their first steps into data analysis.

This one is for you new people. This is the most important thing you should now if you want to survive on the command line. You don’t need to type as much as you think you do! Introducing the most worn out key on my keyboard: TAB.
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