Topic outline

  • First Steps with UNIX in Life Sciences

    Lausanne, 14 February 2018

    University of Lausanne, Genopode building, room 2020

    This page is addressed to registered participants. To access course description and application form, please click here.

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    • Schedule

      Morning session (9:00 - 12:30)

      What is UNIX and why should biologists use it?

      UNIX filesystem

      Processes & Jobs

      Coffee break

      Working with directories and files


      Afternoon session (13:45 - 17:00 / 17:30)

      Working with file content

      Coffee break

      Working with file content (continued)

      Optional exam

      • Software install and course material

        During the course, exercises will be performed using a terminal for a local usage (no connection to a remote server). Terminal applications are installed by default on Mac and Linux machines. So please make sure you have a terminal on your machine prior to the course.
        • For Mac users, it is called "" and can be found in "Applications -> Utilities" or with the Search utility
        • For Windows users, latest Windows 10 OS version might propose a terminal but in most cases you will need to install one, which allows to browse your local files. We recommend you to install Mobaxterm. MobaXterm provides all the important remote network tools (SSH, X11, RDP, VNC, FTP, MOSH, ...) and Unix commands (bash, ls, cat, sed, grep, awk, rsync, ...) to Windows desktop, in a single portable exe file which works out of the box. Download link to the free Home Edition:

        The course slides will be available to download before the course.

        Please contact us in advance if you have issues with terminal install: