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1.4 Conventions

The conventions for linux commands might be a little different from what you're used to. The format of commands is very important in linux. Linux does not recognise whitespace, for example, in a file name. Under Micros**t, file names can contain white space, but this is not the case under linux. Instead of whitespace, use dashes or underscores. There are also characters that you should avoid (because they have a special role in linux), such as *, $, &, \, /, |, <, >.


Examples of a bad file name are:
   March Report.pdf      t&rwalsh.doc   *myholiday*1.jpg     
Examples of a good password are:
   March_Report.pdf      t-r.walsh.doc   myholiday_1.jpg    
File names are case sensitive, so the files output , Output and OUTPUT will be recognised as three different files under linux.