A short introduction to the command line

While you may be used to driving applications by pointing and clicking with the mouse and very occasionally typing text, command-line interfaces (CLI) use text commands to drive computer programs. In some sense similar to human language, these text commands must obey a specific syntax to be understood. However, unlike human language, if you don’t follow the syntax exactly, nothing will happen. This syntax powers compositionality, which makes automating complex or repetitive tasks easier – so it is appropriate for lexedata.

All lexedata tools are run from the command line, according to principles explained in the lexedata Manual. There are other excellent introductions to the power of the command line, but if you are completely new to it, the following section may help you get started.