- Series: Bible
- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 111898384X
- ISBN-13: 978-1118983843
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Master the Linux command line and shell scripts
The Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible, 3rd Edition is the ultimate roadmap to direct communication with your system. The third edition has been fully updated to align with the latest Linux features and best practices, and the abundant examples of working scripts demonstrate how and where they’re applied in real-world situations.
With more than 25% new material including 30 pages of new functional script examples, Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible shows you how to:
- Automate tasks with simple script utilities
- Create shell scripts and understand good shell behavior
- Manage filesystems and software packages
- Work with nano, KDE, and GNOME editors
- Learn structured commands, text manipulation, and regular expressions
- Write practical scripts for e-mail, databases, and the web
- Optimize the environment, fine-tune scripts, and more!
Top customer reviews
The "Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible" cleared up a lot of problems that have been plaguing me for a long time now. I wish that I had started to learn bash scripting with this book, it could have saved me a lot of time. I would highly recommend this for anybody who will use linux.
Let me list some things this book explained to me that I struggled with for years prior:
- When is a subshell made, what are the implications of that, how does variable scoping come into play.
- how can you create, manipulate, and pass around arrays in bash
- how does the "return" statement behave in functions, how to use that in an if statement
- how can you do math in bash
- the differences between [ ] and
Here are some other things I love about this book:
- it has an excellent explanation of how you could parse a command line that follows a complicated pattern like "mycommand --longopt -a -bcf input.txt -- foo bar zop". Before I picked up this book I thought that would be too difficult to do in a bash script.
- It explains how to easily create GUI interfaces for your script.
- It has one of the best explanations for sed and gawk I have ever seen.
Throughout the entire book, everything said is clear and easy to understand, and the authors give you ample examples to demonstrate the point. While the thickness of the book is a bit intimidating, you will find that you can read it pretty fast because a lot of those pages are full of clear examples that you can read quickly.
Yet again I highly recommend it.
I only have a few minor complaints where the book really doesn't give you much insight into certain key areas (as to how or why), such as: In variables, even after half the book read, I want to know, can I redirect STDOUT to a variable, rather than a file? It's not exactly clear here, and more generally speaking, some examples are fine, but others may leave you stunned, trying to let it sink in until you figure it out. I don't really mind this, because it does get your analytical mindset on par, but it could save some time by adding just a few extra pages of text with some minor help tactics.
Aside from that, I still don't like the "Bible" aspect of the title, not for religious reasons where it may sound blasphematic (new word?) to some, but when you use the term "Bible" a buyer might assume this is THE ONLY text you'll need to learn all the ins and outs of Command Line Shell Scripting. Not the case.
Still, this was a great choice to get introduced. I think it is well written, and the author takes initiative to show you not only WHAT NOT to do, but WHY NOT to do those things.
Worth the money, definitely!
Most recent customer reviews
It is very confusing. It is very bad book.i feel like returning it.Read more