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Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible - Third Edition

By : Richard Blum, Christine Bresnahan
Book Image

Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible - Third Edition

By: Richard Blum, Christine Bresnahan

Overview of this book

The Linux command line enables you to type specific shell commands directly into the system to manipulate files and query system resources. Command line statements can be combined into short programs called shell scripts, a practice increasing in popularity due to its usefulness in automation. Linux is a robust system with tremendous potential, and Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible opens the door to new possibilities. Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible is your essential Linux guide. It contains new functional examples that are fully updated to align with the latest Linux features. Beginning with command line fundamentals, the book moves into shell scripting and shows you the practical application of commands in automating frequently performed functions. This book is a complete guide providing detailed instruction and expert advice working within this aspect of Linux. Whether used as a tutorial or as a quick reference, this book contains information that every Linux user should know.
Table of Contents (34 chapters)
Part I: The Linux Command Line
Part II: Shell Scripting Basics
Part III: Advanced Shell Scripting
Part IV: Creating Practical Scripts
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Doing Windows

Using text menus is a step in the right direction, but there's still so much missing in our interactive scripts, especially if we try to compare them to the graphical Windows world. Fortunately for us, some very resourceful people out in the open source world have helped us out.

The dialog package is a nifty little tool originally created by Savio Lam and currently maintained by Thomas E. Dickey. This package recreates standard Windows dialog boxes in a text environment using ANSI escape control codes. You can easily incorporate these dialog boxes in your shell scripts to interact with your script users. This section describes the dialog package and demonstrates how to use it in shell scripts.