Wicked Cool Shell Scripts

Overview

All computers running Linux, Mac OS X, or Unix-like operating systems have a command line interface that gives users a powerful alternative to managing their computers and learning programming basics. Users can write small programs, or scripts, that run in the command line "shell" to perform everyday tasks like renaming files or processing text. Like the best-selling first edition, this revision of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts provides the full source code for over 100 short shell scripts that solve common problems,...

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Overview

All computers running Linux, Mac OS X, or Unix-like operating systems have a command line interface that gives users a powerful alternative to managing their computers and learning programming basics. Users can write small programs, or scripts, that run in the command line "shell" to perform everyday tasks like renaming files or processing text. Like the best-selling first edition, this revision of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts provides the full source code for over 100 short shell scripts that solve common problems, can be used to personalize a user's computing environment, and are just plain entertaining. The tools include an interactive calculator, a stock tracker, a password manager, a weather checker, and a website search engine. This revision includes 22 brand-new scripts, a new chapter on image-processing, and a suite of scripts to work with cloud-based services like Dropbox and iCloud.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
You can make UNIX friendlier, more personal, and even more powerful. It just takes a little shell scripting skill, and a little inspiration. This book delivers both.

You’ll find 101 fascinating, non-trivial scripts here (most Bourne, with a little bash). There are scripts for sysadmins (including a disk quota system that automatically emails violators). There are loads of UNIX tweaks, including “unremove,” and a more useful ls. There are dozens of web scripts -- including tools for extracting a page’s URLs, or emailing you when a page changes content, or helping you analyze traffic logs. And for Macfolk, a full chapter of OS X scripts (even one for iTunes). Wicked cool, indeed. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

From The Critics
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This incredibly fun book (really!), written by Dave Taylor, a veteran UNIX, Solaris and Mac OS X author, is chock full of 101 scripts to customize the UNIX (Bourne) shell. ... Sysadmins and webmasters will find this book fundamentally critical to day-to-day operations; there are dozens of invaluable, customizable scripts highlighted in this book to enable professionals to save time and add simple, elegant solutions to annoying issues in their work environment. User account management, rotating log files, cron scripts, web page tweaks, apache passwords, synchronizing via ftp, etc. are all eminently useful and tweakable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593276027
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 2/25/2015
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

Dave Taylor has been in the computer industry since 1980. He was a contributor to BSD 4.4 UNIX, and his software is included in all major UNIX distributions. He is an award-winning public speaker and has written thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. He is the author of 20 books, including Learning UNIX for Mac OS X (O'Reilly), Solaris for Dummies (Hungry Minds), and Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours (SAMS). A popular columnist for Linux Journal magazine, he also maintains a customer tech support website at askdavetaylor.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Missing Code Library 9
Ch. 2 Improving on User Commands 43
Ch. 3 Creating Utilities 71
Ch. 4 Tweaking Unix 93
Ch. 5 System Administration: Managing Users 111
Ch. 6 System Administration: System Maintenance 137
Ch. 7 Web and Internet Users 165
Ch. 8 Webmaster Hacks 201
Ch. 9 Web and Internet Administration 229
Ch. 10 Internet Server Administration 255
Ch. 11 Mac OS X Scripts 297
Ch. 12 Shell Script Fun and Games 315
Afterword 329
Index 331
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