Chapter 5. The Shell I

IN THIS CHAPTER

The Command Line

Standard Input and Standard Output

Redirection

Pipes

Running a Program in the Background

Filename Generation/Pathname Expansion

Builtins

This chapter takes a close look at the shell and explains how to use some of its features. The chapter discusses command line syntax and how the shell processes a command line and initiates execution of a program. The chapter shows how to redirect input to and output from a command, construct pipes and filters on the command line, and run a command as a background task. The final section covers filename expansion and explains how you can use this feature in your everyday work. Except as noted, everything in this chapter applies to the Bourne Again, TC, and Z ...

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