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move cursor to beginning of command line

Terminal - move cursor to beginning of command line
2010-10-11 16:02:57
User: jemptymethod
move cursor to beginning of command line

Pressing Ctrl combined with 'a' will move the cursor to the beginning of the command under bash (other shells?). I used to do this after arrowing up for the last command, then typing 'sudo ' to run the last command as root, but of course the all time greatest command here `sudo !!` is more succinct. Still Ctrl+A can be very useful when you want to edit something at/close to the beginning of the command line.

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Jeezuz. We really need a guide on what counts as a commandlinefu-Hint. This is ... so basic. Why not make a hint about switching on the computer? Or using 'ls' to find files. Or 'cat' to show a files' contents... Oh. Did I surprise anybody??

Comment by maelcum 315 weeks and 2 days ago

Your comment is completely unfair, and I don't mean to me personally. But rather, to comparative newbies who want to find very useful command line techniques, but won't find this because its being needlessly down modded. Oftentimes the simpler the more useful, and this is right up there with `sudo !!` in my opinion. After all, why does commandlinefu provide a "keyboard shortcut" tag?

Comment by jemptymethod 315 weeks and 2 days ago

@maelcum This command is awesome is one of the first ones taught to all linux newbs. You're kind of a dick and your name is disgusting.

Comment by blarmaster 211 weeks ago

Your point of view

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