There are plenty of ways to get your geek-on while operating your always new Chromebook. The simplicity and price of the Chrome OS is what draws casual people in, but techies know that it’s still Linux at the core – and while it may not be obvious, it even has a command line interface.
Here is the cooler part…
All you have to press is CTRL – ALT – T and you will be up and running in the browser-based shell known as Crosh. That’s it!
Once in the shell, it might be a good idea to type help and it will give you a list of commands. Even if this is your first time in this type of interface, you should have no trouble getting familiar with some of basic and advanced commands. If you are a Command Line Ninja then you will notice some subtle differences in the commands but nothing to panic about.
Send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to a network host.
ssh [optional args…]
Starts the ssh subsystem if invoked without any arguments.
Remove a host from the list of known ssh hosts.
By typing help_advanced you can summon a more in-depth list:
Tests battery discharge rate for given number of seconds.
Enters a Bluetooth debugging console.
Shows connectivity status.
Enable or disable experimental storage features.
Performs extensive memory testing.
A function that performs a suite of network diagnostics.
A function that enables a predefined set of tags.
Enables or disables the peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing.
Attempt to rollback to the previous update cache.
Display the routing tables.
Low level sound configuration.
Logs a message to syslog.
Returns the current synchronization state.
Trace the path/route to a network host.
Uploads available crash reports.
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