[sf-lug] Learning Bourne Scripting

Grant Bowman grantbow at ubuntu.com
Thu Jun 23 08:31:26 PDT 2011

One FAQ I hear from time to time at Linux User Groups is: where can I
learn about Bourne/Bourne Again SHell (BASH) scripting?

Michael Paoli also has an excellent guide online.
http://www.rawbw.com/~mp/unix/sh/  From experience teaching scripting
he recommends starting with the six page 1979 sh man page!

Another good answer seems to be the "Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide"
http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/ which despite the title doesn't start at
the Advanced level.  That's where you will end up after reading it.
If you are not already familiar with it, the Linux Documentation
Project is a fantastic resource for FAQ and HOWTO documents that many
people (including myself) have used to teach themselves a number of
related topics. This guide is also recommended from

The reason I write this is because this question came up again last
night at http://noisebridge.net during our weekly Linux Discussion.
Does anyone else have recommendations?


Grant Bowman

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