People would likely experience greater happiness if they began learning about computers and became familiar with the meaning of the “chmod” command.

To aid in this pursuit, I have prepared a table containing a list of such commands. It is unclear why computer experts continue to employ abbreviations, though perhaps there are hardware constraints that necessitate their use.

The use of a terminal interface today is not necessarily the same as it was in the early days of computing. Today’s terminals may have larger screens, more powerful hardware, and more efficient input methods (such as keyboards with better tactile feedback and key rollover). Additionally, modern operating systems have graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that provide alternative ways to interact with the system. These factors make it easier for users to type out full command names and make abbreviations less critical for efficiency.

Nevertheless, in modern times, it seems somewhat peculiar to type “mkdir” instead of “new-folder”.

Abbreviated CommandFull Command
cdchange directorygo
chmodchange modeset-mode
chownchange ownerset-owner
dfdisk freedisk-free
dudisk usagedisk-usage
grepglobally search for a regular expression and print
mkdirmake directorynew-folder
psprocess statusprocess
pwdprint working directoryshow-path
rmdirremove directorydelete-folder
scpsecure copysecure-copy
sshsecure shellsecure-shell
sudosuperuser doroot-do
tartape archivearchive
toptable of processessystem
unzipuncompress zip filedecompress
wgetweb getget
zipcompress zip filecompress
sedstream editorsteam-edit
awkAho, Weinberger, and Kernighan

A modern software developer may choose not to use abbreviations when typing out commands in order to avoid confusion and ensure clarity. Typing out full command names can make it easier to understand what the command does and can help avoid mistakes that might occur when using abbreviations. Additionally, modern development environments and IDEs often provide tools such as auto-complete that make it easy to type out full command names quickly. Using full command names can also make it easier to collaborate with other developers and to share code with a wider audience. Ultimately, whether to use abbreviations or not is a matter of personal preference, but choosing not to use them can help ensure clear communication and minimize errors in software development.