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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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Getting Graphic

If you're looking for even more graphics for your interactive scripts, you can go one step further. Both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments (see Chapter 1) have expanded on the dialog command idea and include commands that produce X Window graphical widgets for their respective environments.

This section describes the kdialog and zenity packages, which provide graphical window widgets for the KDE and GNOME desktops, respectively.

The KDE environment

The KDE graphical environment includes the kdialog package by default. The kdialog package uses the kdialog command to generate standard windows, similar to the dialog-style widgets, within your KDE desktop. However, instead of having the clunky feel to them, these windows blend right in with the rest of your KDE application windows! This allows you to produce Windows-quality user interfaces directly from your shell scripts!