[olug] Newbie Bash Scripting Tutorial

Amy Mason amason80 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 12:18:18 UTC 2009

Thanks everyone, and to those who recommended .. Google it.. believe me,
that's where I started.. I tended to find things that were far above my
head, and made the lecture notes look... um, comprehensive and useful. I
will try to pick up the book though, that sounds like a good direction to
go.  The more I look at the problem, the more I see that its a problem with
filters more than scripting anyhow, so I'm going to go google those for a
while, but this will be useful in other ways.. hooray for breaking
computers... *evil grin*


On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:07 AM, Edward Pluta <epluta3 at cox.net> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Christopher Cashell" <topher-olug at zyp.org>
> To: "Omaha Linux User Group" <olug at olug.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [olug] Newbie Bash Scripting Tutorial
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 8:43 PM, Amy Mason <amason80 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I've been lurking around here for several months, since I used to come to
> > meetings before moving to Lincoln, but I was wondering if anyone has a
> > good
> > idea where I can find a decent tutorial for bash scripting, as well as a
> > tutorial for filters on the command line. (Things like "sort" "comm"
> "tr",
> > piping and redirection, etc... I'm in a Linux class now, and honestly not
> > getting as much out of my professor's lectures as I would hope, and
> really
> > could use the help.
> There's been a couple of good URLs posted, including one from The
> Linux Documentation Project, and The Advanced Bash Scripting guide
> (ABS).  Both of those are well worth reading.
> However, I think what helped me the most wasn't the bash specific
> stuff or the scripting logic, so much as the O'Reilly book "Linux in a
> Nutshell".  The first part of the book covers general Linux command
> line usage, but the meat of the book is a fairly comprehensive
> reference of command line commands, along with good descriptions,
> examples, etc.  I'd suggest picking up a copy of that book and, as
> boring as it sounds, read the entire command reference.  You don't
> need to memorize it or study it, but at least skim through every
> single command in the reference and take a look at it's description.
> Then, when you are writing a shell script and you need to do foo, you
> might remember that a command already exists to do foo, and you might
> even recall the name of the command.  Often in shell scripting, the
> key really is just knowing that a command already exists that'll do
> most of the work for you.
> Don't skip the chapters in awk and sed, either.  They may not be as
> fashionable as Perl and company, but I can't count how many times I've
> pulled them out to accomplish something faster and easier than anyone
> thought possible.
> > Amy
> --
> Christopher
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> I do AIX programming for a living, and everyone on my team owns the "Unix
> in
> a nutshell" book. It's awesome and can be had from amazon or half.com for
> about $10. I assume the linux version is very similar as most commands and
> concepts are as well.
> ~ed
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