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Bash Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Bash Users

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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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Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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).
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geek, non-fiction
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.
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a new edition of this slated to released shortly. I hope all the examples that fail to quote variable expansions will be fixed in there.

Other than that, I found a few nice practices to incorporate into my own workflows.
Książka dosyć gruba, przy tym dosyć droga. Mam wrażenie, że od ilości stron wydawcy ustalają cenę i tych stron dali za dużo na siłę. W każdym rozdziale znajdują się odnośniki, czasem treści kodów źródłowych itd, to rozdmuchuje lekturę. Np są 3 odnośniki i jest już 1 strona. Jest też dużo dodatków. Mimo, że wydana w 2007 roku i jest dosyć stary Bash, lektura jest świetna. Jak ktoś się uczył programowania skryptów w Bashu i czegoś nie wie, z niej się dowie. W niej jest praktycznie wszystko co było ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well-written book with plenty of juicy technical details, that is strongly recommended to those who may find themselves writing BASH scripts longer than 50 lines on regular basis. A must read for SysAdmin and DevOps professionals.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a reference text, not a book one would normally read cover-to-cover. I've used it half-a-dozen times so far and it's proved useful. *** [three stars]. ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Accessible to bash newbies, with good explanations of commands' origins. ...more
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