The Visualization Core Lab will host an Introduction to the Shell for Data Scientists
workshop. Visualization lab staff will provide an introduction to shell commands designed for
learners with little or no previous experience working with shell commands.
The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so
long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few
keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate
repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is
fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources with clusters
either locally at KAUST (i.e., Ibex, Nesser, Shaheen, etc) or in the cloud ( GCP, AWS, Azure, etc).
Topics covered will include
Navigating files and directories
Working with files and directories
Pipes and filters
Aliases and bash customization
This hands-on lesson is part of the Introduction to Data Science Workshop Series
being offered by the KAUST Research Computing Core Labs as part of our on-going efforts to build
capacity in core data science skills at KAUST. The workshop curriculum largely follows the
curriculum developed by
Software Carpentry, a volunteer project dedicated to helping
researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research
This is a live-coding based workshop and learners are expected to bring their own laptops with
the required software already downloaded and installed.
The course is aimed at graduate students (MSc and PhD), Post-docs, faculty and other research staff at KAUST.
You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a
Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop
accessible to everybody.
The workshop organizers have checked that:
The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
Accessible restrooms are available.
Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and
large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the
organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for
you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please
get in touch (using contact details below) and we will
attempt to provide them.
Click on "Next" four times (two times if you've previously
installed Git). You don't need to change anything
in the Information, location, components, and start menu screens.
Select "Use the nano editor by default" and click on "Next".
Keep "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt" selected and click on "Next".
If you forgot to do this programs that you need for the workshop will not work properly.
If this happens rerun the installer and select the appropriate option.
Click on "Next".
Keep "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings" selected and click on "Next".
Select "Use Windows' default console window" and click on "Next".
Click on "Install".
Click on "Finish".
If your "HOME" environment variable is not set (or you don't know what this is):
Open command prompt (Open Start Menu then type cmd and press [Enter])
Type the following line into the command prompt window exactly as shown:
setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%"
Press [Enter], you should see SUCCESS: Specified value was saved.
Quit command prompt by typing exit then pressing [Enter]
This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
The default shell in all versions of macOS is Bash, so no
need to install anything. You access Bash from the Terminal
See the Git installation video tutorial
for an example on how to open the Terminal.
You may want to keep
Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually Bash, but if your
machine is set up differently you can run it by opening a
terminal and typing bash. There is no need to