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command line interface

(operating system)
A means of communication between a program and its user, based solely on textual input and output. Commands are input with the help of a keyboard or similar device and are interpreted and executed by the program. Results are output as text or graphics to the terminal.

Command line interfaces usually provide greater flexibility than graphical user interfaces, at the cost of being harder for the novice to use. Consequently, some hackers look down on GUIs as designed For The Rest Of Them.
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Prior to deploying Solsoft Policy Server, we had to manually administer our security devices using command-line interfaces that were proprietary and thus awkward and too difficult to use without a lot of domain expertise," said Simon Roy, IT Director for RIQ, Inc.

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