[sf-lug] Learning Bourne Scripting

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 14:09:32 PDT 2011

Hi Rick,

I wrote:
> 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!
> http://plan9.bell-labs.com/7thEdMan/v7vol1.pdf

I was hoping for suggestions and recommendations of particular quality
beginner resources rather than numerous, excellent, more professional
resources because it is hard to know specifically where to start out.
If you had to choose only one, where would you suggest a beginner go


On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting Grant Bowman (grantbow at ubuntu.com):
>> 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.
> In particular, in addition to The Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide:
> BASH Programming-Introduction HOWTO:
> http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO.html
> Bash Guide for Beginners:
> http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/
> The Bash Prompt HOWTO:
> http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prompt-HOWTO/
>> 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?
> I'm pretty fond, too, of O'Reilly Media's book _bash Cookbook_ by Carl
> Albing and others.  The title notwithstanding, it's a good tutorial for
> bash and its surrounding system context.
> Chet Ramey's site is very useful:
> http://tiswww.case.edu/php/chet/bash/bashtop.html
> Also Bill Shotts's Writing Shell Scripts
> http://www.linuxcommand.org/writing_shell_scripts.php
> It's also worth reading and understanding Tom Christiansen's classic
> explanation about why, despite the original Bourne shell's inadequacies,
> csh scripting was not the answer:
> http://www.faqs.org/faqs/unix-faq/shell/csh-whynot/
> or Wikipedia's condensed version:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_shell#Criticism
> The need to combine csh's advantages for interactive use with the Bourne
> (sh) shell's superior scripting functions is what inspired the creation
> of first the Korn shell (ksh) and then bash.  (A few oddballs also like
> zsh.)
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