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Development Tools Console Foundations Processes Processes

Artful Wisdom
Artful Wisdom
Courses Plus Student 6,506 Points

The need for this?

Whats the point of learning this, cant i just press ctrl,alt,delete, to get the task manager which shows me the processes and way more?

3 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I personally wouldn't use the terminal for simple process control on my local system I'd use a graphical app like Task Manager.

However, if I wanted to run a program and then depending on its output then kill a process, in that case I'm going to need something a little more flexible than Task Manager and that's where the command line comes in.

Top 3 Reasons to Use a CommandLline:

  • Combining actions together aka scripting
  • Some applications that designers / developers use the maker of the app didn't bother to make a GUI
  • Most web servers are only accessible using command line via SSH


Jim discussed reasons for using a console in the Introduction video. Everything is explained clearly in the video. If you have more questions please let us know.

Thanks for the question. Hope the video clears it up for you!

For when you are interacting with a non-Windows machine (such as UNIX) that doesn't have a pretty user interface like Task Manager :) You might not use one now but could in the future in a different role.

Actually, most of the popular Unix based operating systems include a very pretty GUI Task Manager. Unix based users, however, have more control of their processes than Windows users. :)