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Linux® Desk Reference, Second Edition by Scott Hawkins

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Topics Covered

The topic of shell programming doesn't lend itself as neatly to a command-by-command reference as other subjects covered in this book. (There are a whole lot of little commands, most of which have few or no arguments.) Consequently, I'm going to break with the traditions of this book a little bit and arrange this chapter by subtopic.

The notation used in this chapter may be a wee bit confusing. Here are some examples that hopefully might clear things up:

Notation Means
<Tab> Press the Tab key on the keyboard. Do not try to type the letter sequence T-a-b.
<Ctrl>-P Press the Ctrl key and the P key at the same time.
<Meta>-r Press ...

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