AIX Fundamentals

This course is the essential foundation for anyone intending to work in an AIX technical environment. The course introduces and explains the AIX computing environment at a conceptual and terminological level, and also includes a number of practical, hands-on exercises that reinforce the knowledge gained during the formal classroom sessions.

Delegates will learn how to

·       use AIX documentation

·       move around the AIX directory structure

·       create, copy and move files and directories

·       understand AIX file permissions

·       use the vi editor

·       list and control processes

·       understand and use AIX metacharacters

·       use grep, cut, awk, sed and sort

·       change login profiles

·       understand the basics of AIX scripting

·       use basic archiving commands

·       utilise basic and advanced utilities.

Introduction and Orientation

Understanding AIX components; logging in and out of an AIX system; understanding command structure; using keyboard control characters; using mail.

Files & Directories

Files and directories: what are they; becoming familiar with important AIX directories; relative vs full paths; copying, moving, creating and deleting files & directories; displaying text files; useful file utilities, the find command; hard vs symbolic links.


Permission concepts; directory vs file permissions; changing permissions; controlling default permissions with umask.

Using vi

Opening files and inserting text; creating and editing files; the most important survival commands; saving changes.

Shell metacharacters

Why metacharacters; using wildcards for filenames; command redirections; combine commands with pipes; using command and variable substitution; disabling metacharacters.

Initialisation scripts

Aliases; shell functions; setting and exporting variables; configuring the shell with set; using .profile and .kshrc to customisie the environment.


Understanding process structure; listing and controlling processes; using nice and renice; running background jobs.

Shell script introduction

Running scripts; positional parameters; conditional execution; iterative processing with for and while; exit codes.

Basic utilities

grep; Regular expressions; Using sort; The find command; Progress tesing and check; Command summary.

Advanced utilities

Understanding regular expressions; using grep; extracting portions of text with cut and awk; using sed and sort to edit and sort text.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Program Details
Duration 4 Days
Capacity Max 12 Persons
Training Type Classroom / Virtual Classroom

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