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Break Bad UNIX Habits With 10 Good Ones

Aug 03, 2008, 02:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

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"Ten good habits to adopt are:

Make directory trees in a single swipe.
Change the path; do not move the archive.
Combine your commands with control operators.
Quote variables with caution.
Use escape sequences to manage long input.
Group your commands together in a list.
Use xargs outside of find.
Know when grep should do the counting -- and when it should step aside.
Match certain fields in output, not just lines.
Stop piping cats."

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