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Bash Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Bash Users

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The key to mastering any Unix system, especially Linux and Mac OS X, is a thorough knowledge of shell scripting. Scripting is a way to harness and customize the power of any Unix system, and it's an essential skill for any Unix users, including system administrators and professional OS X developers. But beneath this simple promise lies a treacherous ocean of variations in ...more
Paperback, 630 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by O'Reilly Media (first published May 24th 2007)
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O'Reilly's "Cookbook" series sometimes gives complex recipes for large tasks, but unfortunately a lot of its listings are just the basic commands of the language in question. That's the case with its Bash Cookbook.

Thus one finds recipes like "How to separate variable names from surrounding text" (consisting of nothing more than an encouragement to use ${...}), "How to export variables" (which is only a mention of the "export" syntax), or "Renaming many files" (the solution is a simple for loop).
Works as advertised: A great desktop reference for simple bash commands and script snippets. A quick way to learn, review, and integrate a wide range of bash into everyday sysadmin and developer practice.

This is not a comprehensive, theory-driven overview of the bash shell, or an introduction to shell operations writ large; however, it's not intended for that, and users interested in a manual more along those lines would do better to read Learning the bash Shell.
Jul 31, 2009 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bash Users
Um... a good overview, with lots of little details on how bash works. There are places it isn't SUPER in depth, but for the most part it points you to other references then.
José de Paula
This book is perfect. There's no single page you read that you don't end with a real 'I didn\'t know that' feeling or at least a little piece of new information.
Accessible to bash newbies, with good explanations of commands' origins.
Vivek Bhoj
Great book for the common shell scripts.
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