Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming

Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming

by Cameron Newham, Bill Rosenblatt
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Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming by Cameron Newham, Bill Rosenblatt

O'Reilly's bestselling book on Linux's bash shell is at it again. Now that Linux is an established player both as a server and on the desktop Learning the bash Shell has been updated and refreshed to account for all the latest changes. Indeed, this third edition serves as the most valuable guide yet to the bash shell.As any good programmer knows, the first thing users of the Linux operating system come face to face with is the shell the UNIX term for a user interface to the system. In other words, it's what lets you communicate with the computer via the keyboard and display. Mastering the bash shell might sound fairly simple but it isn't. In truth, there are many complexities that need careful explanation, which is just what Learning the bash Shell provides.If you are new to shell programming, the book provides an excellent introduction, covering everything from the most basic to the most advanced features. And if you've been writing shell scripts for years, it offers a great way to find out what the new shell offers. Learning the bash Shell is also full of practical examples of shell commands and programs that will make everyday use of Linux that much easier. With this book, programmers will learn:

  • How to install bash as your login shell
  • The basics of interactive shell use, including UNIX file and directory structures, standard I/O, and background jobs
  • Command line editing, history substitution, and key bindings
  • How to customize your shell environment without programming
  • The nuts and bolts of basic shell programming, flow control structures, command-line options and typed variables
  • Process handling, from job control to processes, coroutines and subshells
  • Debugging techniques, such as trace and verbose modes
  • Techniques for implementing system-wide shell customization and features related to system security

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596009656
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 518,766
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cameron Newham lives in Perth, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in information technology and geography at the University of Western Australia, Cameron joined Universal Defence Systems (later to become Australian Defence Industries) as a software engineer. He has been with ADI for six years, working on various aspects of command and control systems. In his spare time Cameron can be found surfing the Internet, ballroom dancing, or driving his sports car. He also has more than a passing interest in space science, 3D graphics, synthesiser music, and Depeche Mode.

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Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
[A review of the THIRD EDITION 2005.] In the last 10 years, it appears that the shell wars in unix and linux have settled down. With bash being the clear favourite. So if you are going to invest your time learning any shell, perhaps you should go with bash and maybe use this book as a helper. It shows that script writing in bash is pretty simple. If you already know another shell, like csh or Korn, then the ideas carry over and so too would most of the syntax. Along the way, the book teaches you more about your operating system. Especially for managing processes/jobs. My background is as a programmer, so I've never been big on shells and their scripting. But others like you may hark from a sysadmin role and prefer shell activity.
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Next time label your house. Rides her seahorse away.
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