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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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A command-line interface can also be used with the Ethernet port (via Telnet) or with the LX2500's RS-232 port.
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The first release of Aphelion, scheduled for Fall 2000, will be hosted on Microsoft Windows cross development platforms, including a graphical IDE, and on Sun /Solaris platforms with command-line interface tools.
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A tool kit lets developers quickly build sophisticated GUIs, and a CLI option streamlines development of highly-customizable command-line interfaces.

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