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I am using Precise pangolin. So far as I know, commands like

cd..

or

cd-

are used to browse through folders in the terminal.

But whenever I enter one of this commands, it gives an error saying no such command or filename found. Do I have to perform any additional task before I use the commands involving cd?

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Just to be clear, are you typing cd.. or cd .. Note there is a space. –  andrewsomething Aug 24 '12 at 3:32
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Why are the downvotes? Looks like a good question for me –  Sergey Aug 24 '12 at 4:30
    
Can you edit your question to show actual text from the terminal that you're using? –  Eliah Kagan Sep 5 '13 at 19:25

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Common Commands

View Directories: ls

The ls (LiSt) lists files in different colors with full formatted text

Create Directories: mkdir (directory name)

The mkdir (MaKeDIRectory) command will create a directory.

Change Directories: cd (/directory/location)

The cd (ChangeDirectory) command will change from your current directory to any directory you specify.

Copy Files/Directories: cp (file or directory name) (to directory or filename)

The cp (CoPy) command will copy any files you specify. The cp -r command will copy any directories you specify.

Remove Files/Directories: rm (file or directory name)

The rm (ReMove) command will delete any filename you specify. The rm -r command will remove any directory you specify.

Rename Files/Directories: mv (file or directory name)

The mv (MoVe) command will rename/move any file or directory you specify.

Find Files/Directories: locate (file or directory name)

to go back to previous directory: cd ..(cd [space] ..)

just for extra information

source from http://linux.about.com/od/ubuntu_doc/a/ubudg24t7.htm

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To browse directories you use cd dirname. So if you're in your Home and you want to go to Downloads you type cd Downloads ,if you want to go to a folder inside it you do the same again cd subFolder. If you want to go to a specific folder you type cd Downloads/subfolder/folder2/.

If you're in another folder that isn't inside your Home folder structure but want to go to a folder inside of it (Home) you add this character ~ so it's something like this:

user@user-desktop:etc/$ cd ~/Downloads/subFolder/folder2/

user@user-desktop:~/Downloads/subFolder/folder2/$

That will take you directly to a folder inside your Home structure because of the ~.

To return to your Home you just type cd. To go up 1 directory you type cd ..

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Thanks Uri for the elaborate reply. The problem is I know most of the commands for browsing, but whenever I am entering them in my terminal (of Precise Pangolin) it just says "cd..:command not found" as if such command(s) do(es) not exist. Is that a problem with my ubuntu installation or my terminal or do I need to install some app or do something else before I use those commands or they have changed the commands in Ubuntu 12.04 in some significant way? –  Barman Aug 27 '12 at 3:12
    
You're typing cd... it doesn't exist it's cd -space- .. –  Uri Herrera Aug 27 '12 at 3:25

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