NorthernJourney.com: Linux for Newbies: Shell ConceptsSep 18, 2000, 23:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)
[ Thanks to Gene Wilburn for this link. ]
"The Linux toolkit, with its rich collection of GNU and Unix utilities, provides a rewarding computing environment for programmers and end users alike. The glue that binds these utilities together is the shell, or command-line interface (CLI). Although X programs and graphical environments such as KDE and GNOME are now a common, and welcome, part of Linux, you may notice that Unix veterans always keep a few xterm windows open so they can access the command line. The Unix shell is an integral part of Unix (hence Linux) philosophy. There are literally thirty years' worth of sophisticated, refined utilities awaiting your command."
"Something that will quickly propel you from newbie to intermediate status is learning how to harness these utilities, incorporating them into shell scripts. But before you can write scripts, you need some concepts of what the Linux shell is and what it can do. Let's begin with a brief overview of Unix shells."