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How Linux Works, 2nd Edition by Brian Ward

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Chapter 11. Introduction to Shell Scripts

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If you can enter commands into the shell, you can write shell scripts (also known as Bourne shell scripts). A shell script is a series of commands written in a file; the shell reads the commands from the file just as it would if you typed them into a terminal.

11.1 Shell Script Basics

Bourne shell scripts generally start with the following line, which indicates that the /bin/sh program should execute the commands in the script file. (Make sure that no whitespace appears at the beginning of the script file.)

#!/bin/sh

The #! part is called a shebang; you’ll see it in other scripts in this book. You can list any ...

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