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Linux Tip: Using a Shell Script to Set Up Your Computer

Jun 01, 2010, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

[ Thanks to Jeremy LaCroix for this link. ]

"Linux is full of some amazing tweaks that go far and beyond other operating systems. Last week I wrote about using scripts to simplify shell commands, and today I'm going to take that a step further, but it takes a little bit more leg work.

"A while back, when I used to write for Linux.com, I wrote about writing scripts to configure your system after a fresh Linux install. The concept was difficult to explain, and editing restrictions kept me from going the direction I wanted to. Not only that, but that was a very long time ago and I think the idea is worth brining up again.

"After installing Linux, the first thing anyone does is install all their favorite programs. There are so many, it can be hard to remember them all, and it can be a time consuming process. That's the first part of this script, installing all your favorite stuff. After installation, keep a list of all the packages you install in a text file as you install them. If you already have a running Linux system, it is possible to export a list of installed packages. Here are examples for Arch and Ubuntu:"

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