How To Run Command Prompt (Crosh) on a Chromebook

How To Run Command Prompt (Crosh) on a Chromebook

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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.

crosh>help

ping

  Send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to a network host.

ssh [optional args…]

  Starts the ssh subsystem if invoked without any arguments.

 ssh_forget_host

  Remove a host from the list of known ssh hosts.

By typing help_advanced you can summon a more in-depth list:

crosh> help_advanced

battery_test

  Tests battery discharge rate for given number of seconds.

bt_console

  Enters a Bluetooth debugging console.

connectivity

  Shows connectivity status.

experimental_storage

  Enable or disable experimental storage features.

memory_test

  Performs extensive memory testing.

network_diag

  A function that performs a suite of network diagnostics.

network_logging

  A function that enables a predefined set of tags.

p2p_update

  Enables or disables the peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing.

rollback

  Attempt to rollback to the previous update cache.

route

  Display the routing tables.

sound

  Low level sound configuration.

syslog

  Logs a message to syslog.

time_info

  Returns the current synchronization state.

tracepath

  Trace the path/route to a network host.

upload_crashes

  Uploads available crash reports.

For a more in-depth manual, please visit

 https://developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/docs/console.

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