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DSD: Further UNIX
Course Description:

This course introduces techniques in manipulating data files with UNIX using command line tools including grep, cut, sed and awk. Some basic elements of scripting may be included if time allows.


A good understanding of basic command line techniques such as creating text files, copying, moving and deleting files, and navigating the file structure is essential. Participants will usually have attended the course A Quick Introduction to UNIX to gain these skills but it is not essential.


Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email from ISD containing the direct joining link a day before the session. Please check your junk folder as these emails are occasionally tagged as spam.

We would encourage those who are new to Microsoft Teams to join within the first 15 minutes of the advertised start time in order to test out their connection/audio. The actual session will start on the hour.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Use appropriate commands to obtain word, character and line counts
  • Use appropriate commands to select rows containing specified data
  • Use appropriate commands to select specified columns
  • Use appropriate commands to sort data
  • Use appropriate commands to combine data
  • Use appropriate commands to recode data
  • Use simple Awk commands from the command line
  • Create a simple Awk script
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at those who which to manipulate data using UNIX commands.
Target Audience: All
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