This course will give a more detailed and HPC oriented summary of the basic command line related issues in Linux:


  • Linux shell: features, customizing, environment variables, aliasing

  • Remote GUI connection: transferring files, displaying graphics

  • Short intro to Linux scripting

  • Creating sample PBS scripts for VSC

  • Installing applications: package manager concept, manual installations

  • This course provides several hands-on sessions


This course is primarily targeted at current VSC-users



Total duration: 4 hours.



Free of charge



Having a basic knowledge of Linux is expected (if not please follow first the Linux-introduction course). Users should already have a VSC account (and should have followed HPC introduction or should have the equivalent knowledge).


  • Getting familiar with shells (mainly bash),

  • Working with i/o files

  • Customizing the shell for particular needs

  • Being able to get the necessary account/job information

  • Getting familiar with NX GUI software

  • Writing a sample PBS script for VSC

  • Installing applications as a user


If you already asked for the vsc-account and created a key-pair, in order to speed up the vsc-account use during the practical exercise, please bring your private key with you (on your laptop or on your usb-stick) to be able to login. If you lost it or you do not remember the passphrase associated with it - we will assist you in creating a new key pair.


If you do not have KU Leuven ID (e.g. u-, r- or s- number), please contact us ( so that we can create a temporary account for you, with which you will be able to login on computers used during hands-on sessions or use wifi on your own laptop.