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Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp

By : James K Lewis
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Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp

By: James K Lewis

Overview of this book

Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp is all about learning the essentials of script creation, validating parameters, and checking for the existence of files and other items needed by the script. We will use scripts to explore iterative operations using loops and learn different types of loop statements, with their differences. Along with this, we will also create a numbered backup script for backup files. Further, you will get well-versed with how variables work on a Linux system and how they relate to scripts. You’ll also learn how to create and call subroutines in a script and create interactive scripts. The most important archive commands, zip and tar, are also discussed for performing backups. Later, you will dive deeper by understanding the use of wget and curl scripts and the use of checksum and file encryption in further chapters. Finally, you will learn how to debug scripts and scripting best practices that will enable you to write a great code every time! By the end of the book, you will be able to write shell scripts that can dig data from the web and process it efficiently.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Chapter 5. Creating Interactive Scripts

This chapter shows how to read the keyboard in order to create interactive scripts.

The topics covered in this chapter are:

  • How to use the read built-in command to query the keyboard.

  • The different ways to use read.

  • The use of traps (interrupts).

The reader will learn how to create interactive scripts.

The scripts we have looked at up to this point have run without much user interaction. The read command is used to create scripts that can query the keyboard. The code can then take action based on the input.

Here is a simple example: