[buug] learning shell (Shell book), etc.

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Sat Apr 16 09:42:20 PDT 2011

Oh, there are definitely books on the topic, ... many, ... even
rather/quite good ones.

The reason I often/typically start folks with Bourne sh(1) from UNIX
Seventh Edition (quoting myself[1]):
o most of what one needs to use for scripting/programming purposes
   exists in ye olde (UNIX Seventh Edition) Bourne Shell, and still
   functions essentially the same way
o Very concise reference: UNIX Seventh Edition sh(1) only 6 pages!

If one wants more concise materials on shell than an entire book, one
might also consider books on Unix, Linux or BSD or systems
administration of same.  Such books will often have a chapter on the
shell and shell programming.

1. http://www.rawbw.com/~mp/unix/sh/#Why_start_here

> From: "Karen Hogoboom" <khogoboom at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [buug] Shell book
> Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:09:31 -0700

> Thanks Ian.  I would be interested in taking a look at it.  I'm planning to
> be at the next meeting.
> On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM, Ian Zimmerman <itz at buug.org> wrote:
>> Hi, this is the book I mentioned at the last meeting.  It is a bit
>> similar to the Kernighan & Pike but much updated and extended.
>> Again, I can loan it to you if you're interested.
>> http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596005955/

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