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CrossNodes: Scripting Clinic: The Bash Continues

Mar 19, 2004, 08:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Last month we took a tour of some Bash features, and learned that scripting is really just plumbing--a flexible, powerful way to combine Linux commands to accomplish complex tasks.

"It's not uncommon, when discussing Bash scripting, for lordly Perl geeks to sniff disdainfully, and make helpful comments like 'Your little 20-line Bash script is so amusing. I can do the same thing in Perl in a mere 300 lines.' Or you get the hardbitten old C coders who think scripting of any kind is sissy--real geeks compile. Pay them no heed. Bash scripts are perfectly good tools.

"Don't forget that 'Linux In A Nutshell' is a great Bash reference, as well as the best all-around Linux reference. It's helpful to have all the Bash commands and keywords neatly separated from other Linux programs and commands. Much confusion in Linux comes from not understanding what belongs to what and this book keeps everything in its place..."

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