Linux 101: How to copy files and directories from the command line

Jack Wallen continues his Linux 101 series, with an introduction on how to copy files and directories from the command line.

Are you new to Linux? If so, you’ve probably found the command line can be a bit intimidating. Don’t worry–it is for everyone at the beginning. That’s why I’m here to guide you through the process, and today I’m going to show you how to copy files and folders from the command line. 

Why would you need to copy files and folders this way? You might find yourself on a GUI-less Linux server and need to make a backup of a configuration file or copy a data directory. 

Trust me, at some point you’re going to need to be able to do this. Let’s find out how. 

SEE: Linux: The 7 best distributions for new users (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

First we’ll copy a file. Let’s say you’re about to

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Best sleep gadgets of 2021: Drift away with smart sleeping masks, white noise machines, and more

Humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep–or at least we are supposed to. These sleep gadgets are designed to help people drift to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed.

Humans spend approximately one-third of their lives asleep. It should really come as no surprise that the market for assistive sleep aids is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are myriad devices designed to help people slowly drift to sleep at the end of the day and wake feeling rested and refreshed. From smart sleep masks and white noise machines to devices engineered to optimize pillow and bed temperature, here are six of the best sleep gadgets of 2021.





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Preferred bed temperature will vary from person-to-person and it can be difficult to maintain this ideal coolness or warmth seasonally. This product uses a two-part system (a bed cover and a control hub) to control the temperature of

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Server migrations and deployments: Resources to ensure smooth transitions, uniform maintenance, backup capabilities, and more

There’s zero margin for error during a server migration or deployment and botched efforts can be disastrous.

In the digital transformation, server deployments and migrations are a regular part of operations for organizations around the globe. Needless to say, there is zero room for error when transferring massive amounts of critical data, and botched migrations can be disastrous. At the same time, servers also require routine maintenance, and technicians will need to approach these procedures in a uniform manner to prevent failures. 

From migration checklists to guides empowering organizations migrating their email servers to cloud-based options, here are five server deployment and migration resources from TechRepublic Premium designed to prevent IT surprises and keep systems performing flawlessly.

Server migrations are complex undertakings, and a mishandled effort can be disastrous for an organization. That said, approaching a migration with a sound strategy could be the difference between a seamless transition or

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How COVID-19 changed the growth outlook for apps

The four-year CAGR for a variety of app categories has been bolstered by the pandemic, with education now poised for the largest bump.

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Another side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is showing up in four-year compound annual growth rates (CAGR) for software applications, new data presented by Trading Platforms shows. Driven largely by pandemic lockdowns, the largest four-year CAGR is in the education app sector, which is projected to hit 62% in 2021. 

“As the virus raged on, the education sector in many parts of the world was forced to shut school in all levels including University, and had to transition into ‘distance-learning’ at home,” report author Rex Pascual said in Trading Platforms’ writeup of the data.

SEE: COVID-19 workplace policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Education apps, Pascual said, were also buoyed by the fact that many parents who were used to working out of the house while children

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FBI warns of voice phishing attacks targeting employees at large companies

Using VoIP calls, the attackers trick people into logging into phishing sites as a way to steal their usernames and passwords.

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The FBI is cautioning companies to beware of a slew of voice phishing attacks aimed at capturing the login credentials of employees.

SEE: Social engineering: A cheat sheet for business professionals (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

In an advisory released last Thursday, the FBI revealed that as of December 2019, cybercriminals have been working together on social engineering campaigns targeting employees at large firms both in the US and abroad. The criminals are taking advantage of VoIP platforms to launch voice phishing, or vishing, attacks.

In a vishing attack, scammers use a voice call to trick their victims into signing into a malicious website to obtain their account credentials.

In the specific attacks referenced by the FBI, the criminals speak with company employees on a VoIP call

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