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Shell Scripting: Expert Recipes for Linux, Bash and more Paperback – August 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1118024485 ISBN-10: 1118024486 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118024486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118024485
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tried-and-true recipes that can be immediately applied or easily adjusted to meet your needs

The shell is the primary way of communicating with Unix and Linux systems, providing a direct way to program by automating simple to intermediate tasks. In this invaluable resource, Unix, Linux, and shell scripting expert Steve Parker shares a collection of shell scripting recipes that can be used as provided or easily modified for a variety of environments and situations. The book begins with coverage of theory and principles, replete with insightful examples of each element discussed. You then move on to an in-depth discussion of shell programming, covering all Unix flavors but with a focus on Linux and the Bash shell. All the while, you explore credible, real-world recipes and the tools necessary to get started immediately.

Shell Scripting:

  • Shares a compendium of helpful shell scripting recipes that can be used to address a variety of real-world challenges

  • Includes recipes using file and text control as well as general systems administration tasks

  • Provides a host of plug-and-play recipes ready for you to immediately apply and easily modify

  • Examines variables, if/then conditionals, loops, functions, pipes, redirects, and more

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About the Author

Steve Parker is an IT consultant specializing in Solaris and GNU/Linux. He has been providing consultancy services for more than a decade. He is the author of the popular Bourne Shell Programming/Scripting Tutorial (, which sees more than one million visitors a year.

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Steve Parker is a Unix and Linux consultant with 20 years experience of Unix, and 15 years experience with GNU/Linux. He wrote and maintains the online shell scripting tutorial at

Steve provides IT Consultancy services, and can also provide training courses in Shell Scripting as well as Unix and Linux technologies. He can be contacted via

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nick Lloyd on November 29, 2011
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Nowhere in the description for this book does it say that it can be picked up by a beginner, so when I say that I knew very little about shell scripting when I bought it, and I got confused fast, it's more my mistake than the authors or publishers. I'm merely letting others know that this book is intended for those that already know the basics of shell scripting. I'm currently reading a different book to master those basics so that I can then delve into this one more fully, as it seems to be a very well written and straight forward learning tool. Knowing only the basics of getting around the shell, I made it to about page 50 or so before realizing that I needed to be a little further developed before tackling this more in depth book. At first it seemed that the author was clearly explaining the fundamentals, but then he started throwing things into the script examples that were not introduced beforehand and it is assumed that the reader knows what's going on. Again, this is not a negative, it's just a misunderstanding on my part. I will update this review when I have finished learning the fundamentals and then finished this book. From what I've read so far, it seems like it's going to be very useful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pandameow on November 15, 2012
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This book explains in great details of many features of shell scripting in bash, giving plentiful of practical examples. But one little problem is, the author will show you some techniques that haven't been discussed yet in early chapters, without giving any explanations to those stuff (not even a single mention). Depends on whether you are willing to manually "man" them, it can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. For beginners, that may sound frustrating. But for experience administrator, I think it's a good way to learn by yourself and explore. I not only learn more in shell script programming, I have also learned a lot of command line options that I seldom realize from the examples, although I use those commands everyday.
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