Peter Seebach's Beginning Portable Shell Scripting: From Novice to PDF

By Peter Seebach

ISBN-10: 1430210435

ISBN-13: 9781430210436

This ebook introduces an essential new point of shell scripting to the large variety of directors and builders operating throughout Linux, OS X and Unix command line. whereas there were different shell scripting books, Peter Seebach right here addresses the fashionable factor of portability to this extensive client base. This booklet, addressing a large know-how base, is decided to develop into the fashionable shell scripting reference.

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Code that is broken identically on ten platforms is of no use to you. Established shell conventions make it easier for other people to read your code, make it easier for you to read other peoples’ code, and usually have sound engineering principles behind them. Similarly, learning to program defensively is essential to making good use of the shell. Because the shell runs with no sandbox, and with all of the caller’s privileges and access to the file system, it is extremely dangerous to run badly written shell code.

There is no way to specify repetition of a character class; no shell pattern matches an arbitrary number of digits. You can’t make part of a pattern optional; the closest you get to optional components is the asterisk. Patterns as a whole generally match as much as they can; this is called being greedy. However, if matching too many things with an asterisk prevents a match, the asterisk gives up the extra characters and lets other pattern components match them. If you match the pattern b* to the string banana, the * matches the text anana.

What is your name? Dave I'm sorry, Dave, but I can't let you do that. Note the use of double quotes to protect the spaces and other punctuation, including single quotes. " read name echo I'm sorry, $name, I can't let you do that. In this version, because the single quotes were not themselves quoted, they defined a quoted string. This has two effects: The first is to prevent $name from being expanded, and the second is the removal of the apostrophes, which the shell interprets as single quotes.

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