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Linux.com: CLI for Noobies: Not Your Father's batch

Apr 27, 2004, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I've heard old-timers say that back in the day, when pulling an all-nighter at the data center, they would put hot dogs on top of an IBM S/360 mainframe to warm them up. Now that's what I call a classical batch environment. These days, batch is a whole 'nother thing. So this week our excuse to break free of those GUI chains for awhile will be to take a look at a handy little program called batch, natch.

"Let's say that you want to compile X.org's alternative to the XFree86 window manager, but that you don't want the compile to bog down your system while it's cooking, because you're busy burning Knoppix CDs to give to your unenlightened friends, or something else equally as important..."

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