Shell Game

Many of the cool things in Linux Journal require the use of the command line. For us Linux users, that's generally not a big deal, because we have a terminal window readily available. Some of the time, however, it's helpful to have a shell account on an Internet host somewhere.

If your Web-hosting service provides shell access, you might be able to use it for rudimentary command-line procedures. (In fact, Dreamhost in particular allows SSH tunneling through its servers for clients.) If you want to use particular programs like screen or irssi though, it will require something a little more robust.

Some free shell services are available (like, but they often are very restrictive, and it can be challenging to get an account with them. Thankfully, if you don't mind spending a few dollars a month, shell accounts are fairly common and relatively inexpensive. The Eggdrop folks have compiled a great list here:

Figure 1. Sometimes, you just need a shell.

Of course, if you want to have a full-blown server on the Internet, it's hard to beat a colocated Raspberry Pi server like the one Kyle Rankin talked about last month. However you manage it, it's hard to be a geek without access to a terminal!


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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Marta's picture

Pentru a fi imbracat bine trebuie sa cauti in magazinele online, haine tari. Ideea este sa ai un card cu destui bani pe el si sa urmaresti promotiile.

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Truckdriving-cdltraining.Com's picture

I heard from one of the employees at my Tech School (CDL training
program) that if you withdraw from school before the end
of the second week, you won't be charged a dime. Is this true? I had another opportunity come up where I will be making some pretty damn good money but I would need to work throughout the week, so continuing school isn't an option right now.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Trainer's picture

I am curious to find out what blog platform you are using?

I'm having some small security issues with my latest blog and I'd
like to find something more secure. Do you have any