move cursor to beginning of command line

Ctrl+a
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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2010-10-11 16:02:57

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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??
maelcum · 426 weeks and 3 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?
jemptymethod · 426 weeks and 3 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.
blarmaster · 322 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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