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Ext2: Introduction to Scripting

Oct 21, 1999, 16:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Jones)

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"The basic question is "What is scripting?" If I were to give a concise answer, it would be the following: Scripting is the use of a special language to automate common system functions. While many modern scripting languages have become so powerful as to practically be full-fledged programming languages, the essence of scripting is that of performing routine operations with existing tools. Think of the script as glue which holds the various parts of the system together."

"What can be done with scripts? Just about anything you would do with regular commands can be achieved in a script. There are standard scripts for adding users to systems, starting and stopping daemons, and much more. The entire init system, which starts everything when you first boot a Unix system, is centered on shell scripts (the meaning of this will be made clear in a minute). Truly, learning how to use some form of scripting language will be a powerful asset."

"So, that being said, let's survey a few of the more common and popular languages in which scripts are written: shell, perl, Python, tcl, awk, and sed."

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