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 +====== Command Arguments ======
  
 +  * [[Shell Commands]]
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 +A quick note about commands and **arguments**. ​ A lot of programs use a similar syntax when it comes to passing arguments (or options) to a command. ​ Not all do, but it's a good chance they do.
 +
 +If there is a **short command**, the argument generally begins with one dash:
 +
 +<​code>​
 +$ ls -a
 +</​code>​
 +
 +If there is a **long command** that does something similar, it generally begins with two dashes, followed by a word:
 +
 +<​code>​
 +$ ls --all
 +</​code>​
 +
 +There are exceptions to these, but this is mostly true.