Mastering Unix Shell Scripting Paperback – Feb 6 2003
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Discover how to solve real-world system administration problems with this collection of end-to-end shell scripts
This comprehensive book takes you step-by-step through the process of writing shell scripts to solve real-world Unix problems and tasks. Each chapter begins by presenting a typical Unix challenge that you'll most likely experience at your job. With each challenge, you'll learn how to identify a specific goal and start the shell script by defining the correct command syntax to solve the problem. You'll find out how to build the shell script around the commands, filter the commands output to strip out the unneeded data, and add options that give users more flexibility on the command line.
The approach used will teach you how to attack problems logically. It will also empower you to take the basic command syntax and turn it into a shell scripting solution.
Throughout the book, you'll find end-to-end shell scripts that you can use to automate repetitive tasks and solve real-world system administration problems. These tasks include:
* Communications such as automated event notification, monitoring processes locally and on remote systems, and automated FTP file transfers
* Information gathering and monitoring for file systems, paging/swap space, system load, applications, processes, and capturing the system's configuration
* Print queue management to keep the printers printing
* Floating point mathematics in shell scripts using the bc utility
The companion Web site contains all of the shell scripts and most of the functions that are discussed in the book as well as bonus shell scripts for various tasks.
About the Author
RANDAL K. MICHAEL is a Unix Systems Administrator at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., where he writes shell scripts to address complex monitoring and event notification issues. He has more than 23 years of industry experience and 10 years of experience as a Unix Systems Administrator, working with Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HP-UX.
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However, this is a moderate to advanced book which showed me how to find what I was looking for. There aren't that many advanced books on shell scripting. It has many good real world examples. Two guys from my office bought their own. And best of all... It made me money!! Yes, It's worth your time and your money.
Inspite of all praises the reason for giving 4 stars is due to the fact that its not meant for beginners. For serious shell script writers this book deserve 5 star rating
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We wanted to automate a couple of tasks at the Unix level.
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This is not a greatest book for learning Shell Scripting. This book does not cover regular expressions in detail even though regular expression is the heart to learning shell... Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by firebird
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