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IBM developerWorks: Bash by example, Part 1

Mar 30, 2000, 15:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Robbins)

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"By learning how to program in the bash scripting language, your day-to-day interaction with Linux will become more fun and productive, and you'll be able to build upon those standard UNIX constructs (like pipelines and redirection) that you already know and love. In this three-part series, Daniel Robbins will teach you how to program in bash by example. He'll cover the absolute basics (making this an excellent series for beginners) and bring in more advanced features as the series proceeds."

"Learning bash the wrong way can be a very confusing process. Many newbies type "man bash" to view the bash man page, only to be confronted with a very terse and technical description of shell functionality. Others type "info bash" (to view the GNU info documentation), causing either the man page to be redisplayed, or (if they are lucky) only slightly more friendly info documentation to appear."

"That's where this series comes in. In it, I'll show you how to actually use bash programming constructs, so that you will be able to write your own scripts. Instead of technical descriptions, I'll provide you with explanations in plain English, so that you will know not only what something does, but when you should actually use it. By the end of this three-part series, you'll be able to write your own intricate bash scripts, and be at the level where you can comfortably use bash and supplement your knowledge by reading (and understanding!) the standard bash documentation. Let's begin."

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