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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Feb. 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471218219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471218210
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Doonan on Oct. 15 2003
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If you are interested in Bourne or Bash shell programming, be aware that this book focuses exclusively on the Korn shell (ksh or "ksh93"). The Korn shell is a superset of the Bourne shell, but if you want to write scripts for sh (Bourne) or bash, another book might be more appropriate.
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I'm shell scripting pretty good. But I had to write a script for a customer to extract some drive statistics and another to hide some passwords from a log that I had no control over... I was kinda shaking over it.
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.
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Mastering UNIX Shell Scripting is a must for all Unix Administrator. The beauty of this book is it teaches shell script with practical examples which are required in day to day life of a System Admin. Unlike many shell scripting book it just not talks about syntax but also explains whats happening behind the curtain.
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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