Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible

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The authoritative guide to Linux command line and shell scripting-completely updated and revised [it's not a guide to Linux as a whole—just to scripting]

The Linux command line allows you to type specific Linux commands directly to the system so that you can easily manipulate files and query system resources, thereby permitting you to automate commonly used functions and even schedule those programs to run automatically. This new edition is packed with new and revised content, ...

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The authoritative guide to Linux command line and shell scripting-completely updated and revised [it's not a guide to Linux as a whole—just to scripting]

The Linux command line allows you to type specific Linux commands directly to the system so that you can easily manipulate files and query system resources, thereby permitting you to automate commonly used functions and even schedule those programs to run automatically. This new edition is packed with new and revised content, reflecting the many changes to new Linux versions, including coverage of alternative shells to the default bash shell. For this edition, the author has teamed up with another Linux expert—with their shared expertise, they take you beyond the basics of shell scripting and guide you through using shell scripting for higher-level applications that are commonly found in Linux environments. In addition, this edition features a host of real-world examples, so you can see how the scripts work in application.

  • Reflects changes to new Linux versions and covers alternate shells to the default bash shell
  • Offers new chapters on working with file system commands and software installation commands
  • Includes a plethora of real-world examples of advanced shell scripting
  • Shows how to use shell scripts in a graphical desktop environment

With Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible you'll learn to manage file systems, install software, write scripts for graphical desktops, work with alternative shells, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470251287
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Series: Bible Series , #481
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Blum has worked in the IT industry for more than 22 years as both a systems and network administrator. He has administered UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers, as well as automated network monitoring with Linux shell scripts and written scripts in most of the common Linux shell environments. Richard is the author of several books, including Professional Linux Programming (Wrox).

Christine Bresnahan has worked with computers for more than 25 years as an IT system administrator. She is an Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teaches Linux system administration, Linux security, and Windows security.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Linux Command line

Ch. 1 Starting with Linux Shells 3

Ch. 2 Getting to the Shell 25

Ch. 3 Basic bash Shell Commands 59

Ch. 4 More bash Shell Commands 91

Ch. 5 Using Linux Environment Variables 123

Ch. 6 Understanding Linux File Permissions 147

Ch. 7 Working with Editors 171

Pt. II Shell Scripting Basics

Ch. 8 Basic Script Building 201

Ch. 9 Using Structured Commands 229

Ch. 10 More Structured Commands 255

Ch. 11 Handling User Input 285

Ch. 12 Presenting Data 313

Ch. 13 Script Control 335

Pt. III Advanced Shell Scripting

Ch. 14 Creating Functions 363

Ch. 15 Adding Color to Scripts 385

Ch. 16 Introducing sed and gawk 419

Ch. 17 Regular Expressions 447

Ch. 18 Advanced sed 473

Ch. 19 Advanced gawk 501

Pt. IV Alternative Linux Shells

Ch. 20 The ash Shell 533

Ch. 21 The tcsh Shell 557

Ch. 22 The Korn Shell 587

Ch. 23 The zsh Shell 611

Pt. V Advanced Topics

Ch. 24 Using a Database 639

Ch. 25 Using the Web 673

Ch. 26 Using E-Mail 701

Ch. 27 Shell Scripts for Administrators 725

Appendix A Quick Guide to bash Commands 749

Appendix B Quick Guide to sed and gawk 759

Appendix C Comparing Shells 771

Index 777

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