Unix Shell Programming

ISBN-10: 0672324903

ISBN-13: 9780672324901

Edition: 3rd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Stephen G. Kochan, Patrick Wood

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This revised and updated tutorial teaches Unix and Linux users how to obtain the best performance from the operating system. It covers the main shells including Korn, Bourne and variants like Bash.
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List price: $44.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 2/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A Quick Review of the Basics
Some Basic Commands
Displaying the Date and Time: The date Command
Finding Out Who's Logged In: The who Command
Echoing Characters: The echo Command
Working with Files
Listing Files: The Is Command
Displaying the Contents of a File: The cat Command
Counting the Number of Words in a File: The wc Command
Command Options
Making a Copy of a File: The cp Command
Renaming a File: The mv Command
Removing a File: The rm Command
Working with Directories
The Home Directory and Pathnames
Displaying Your Working Directory: The pwd Command
Changing Directories: The cd Command
More on the Is Command
Creating a Directory: The mkdir Command
Copying a File from One Directory to Another
Moving Files Between Directories
Linking Files: The In Command
Removing a Directory: The rmdir Command
Filename Substitution
The Asterisk
Matching Single Characters
Standard Input/Output and I/O Redirection
Standard Input and Standard Output
Output Redirection
Input Redirection
Standard Error
More on Commands
Typing More Than One Command on a Line
Sending a Command to the Background
The ps Command
Command Summary
What Is the Shell?
The Kernel and the Utilities
The Login Shell
Typing Commands to the Shell
The Shell's Responsibilities
Program Execution
Variable and Filename Substitution
I/O Redirection
Pipeline Hookup
Environment Control
Interpreted Programming Language
Tools of the Trade
Regular Expressions
Matching Any Character: The Period (.)
Matching the Beginning of the Line: The Caret (^)
Matching the End of the Line: The Dollar Sign ($)
Matching a Choice of Characters: The [...] Construct
Matching Zero or More Characters: The Asterisk (*)
Matching a Precise Number of Characters: /{.../}
Saving Matched Characters: /(.../)
The -d and -f Options
The -d Option
The -s Option
The -n Option
Deleting Lines
The -s Option
The -d Option
Regular Expressions and grep
The -v Option
The -l Option
The -n Option
The -u Option
The -r Option
The -o Option
The -n Option
Skipping Fields
The -t Option
Other Options
The -d Option
Other Options
And Away We Go
Command Files
Displaying the Values of Variables
The Null Value
Filename Substitution and Variables
The ${variable} Construct
Built-in Integer Arithmetic
Can I Quote You on That?
The Single Quote
The Double Quote
The Backslash
Using the Backslash for Continuing Lines
The Backslash Inside Double Quotes
Command Substitution
The Back Quote
The $(...) Construct
The expr Command
Passing Arguments
The $# Variable
The $* Variable
A Program to Look Up Someone in the Phone Book
A Program to Add Someone to the Phone Book
A Program to Remove Someone from the Phone Book
The shift Command
Decisions, Decisions
Exit Status
The $? Variable
The test Command
String Operators
An Alternative Format for test
Integer Operators
File Operators
The Logical Negation Operator!
The Logical AND Operator -a
The Logical OR Operator -o
The else Construct
The exit Command
A Second Look at the rem Program
The elif Construct
Yet Another Version of rem
The case Command
Special Pattern Matching Characters
The -x Option for Debugging Programs
Back to the case
The Null Command
The && and II Constructs
'Round and 'Round She Goes
The for Command
The $@ Variable
The for Without the List
The while Command
The until Command
More on Loops
Breaking Out of a Loop
Skipping the Remaining Commands in a Loop
Executing a Loop in the Background
I/O Redirection on a Loop
Piping Data Into and Out of a Loop
Typing a Loop on One Line
The getopts Command
Reading and Printing Data
The read Command
A Program to Copy Files
Special echo Escape Characters
An Improved Version of mycp
A Final Version of mycp
A Menu-Driven Phone Program
The $$ Variable and Temporary Files
The Exit Status from read
The printf Command
Your Environment
Local Variables
Exported Variables
export -p
PS1 and PS2
HOME, James
Your Current Directory
More on Subshells
The . Command
The exec Command
The (...) and {...;} Constructs
Another Way to Pass Variables to a Subshell
Your .profile File
The TERM Variable
The TZ Variable
More on Parameters
Parameter Substitution
Pattern Matching Constructs
The $0 Variable
The set Command
The -x Option
set with No Arguments
Using set to Reassign Positional Parameters
Other Options to set
The IFS Variable
The readonly Command
The unset Command
Loose Ends
The eval Command
The wait Command
The $! Variable
The trap Command
Trap with No Arguments
Ignoring Signals
Resetting Traps
More on I/O
[less than sign]&- and [greater than sign]&-
Inline Input Redirection
Shell Archives
Removing a Function Definition
The return Command
The type Command
Rolo Revisited
Design Considerations
Sample Output
Interactive and Nonstandard Shell Features
Getting the Right Shell
The ENV File
Command-Line Editing
Command History
The vi Line Edit Mode
Accessing Commands from Your History
The Line Edit Mode
Accessing Commands from Your History
Other Ways to Access Your History
The history Command
The fc Command
The r Command
Local Variables
Automatically Loaded Functions
Integer Arithmetic
Integer Types
Numbers in Different Bases
The alias Command
Removing Aliases
Job Control
Stopped Jobs and the fg and bg Commands
The Restricted Shell rsh
Miscellaneous Features
Other Features of the cd Command
Tilde Substitution
Order of Search
Compatibility Summary
Shell Summary
Parameters and Variables
Shell Variables
Positional Parameters
Special Parameters
Parameter Substitution
Command Re-entry
The fc Command
vi Line Edit Mode
Tilde Substitution
Arithmetic Expressions
Filename Substitution
I/O Redirection
Exported Variables and Subshell Execution
The (...) Construct
The {...;} Construct
More on Shell Variables
Job Control
Shell Jobs
Stopping Jobs
Command Summary
The : Command
The . Command
The alias Command
The bg Command
The break Command
The case Command
The cd Command
The continue command
The echo Command
The eval Command
The exec Command
The exit Command
The export Command
The false Command
The fc Command
The fg Command
The for Command
The getopts Command
The hash Command
The if Command
The jobs Command
The kill Command
The newgrp Command
The pwd Command
The read Command
The readonly Command
The return Command
The set Command
The shift Command
The test Command
The times Command
The trap Command
The true Command
The type Command
The umask Command
The unalias Command
The unset Command
The until Command
The wait Command
The while Command
For More Information
Online Documentation
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