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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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What Shell Scripts Are Used For

Shell scripts are actually one of the most common types of programs on all UNIX systems. They are relatively easy to write and maintain, and they can tie together other programs (for example, other shell scripts) to get a lot of work done with one simple command.

Every time you log in to your Linux system, the system executes a shell script before you even see the first $ prompt. Almost all aspects of system startup, including network initialization, are controlled by shell scripts. For a regular Linux system user, shell scripts can make work easier and more productive. For the Linux system administrator, a basic understanding of shell scripts makes all the difference between a well-run and trouble-free Linux system ...

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