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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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Chapter 18. Writing Shell Scripts

The Solaris Operating Environment includes three shells: Bourne, Korn, and C. Each shell has its own high-level programming language that you can use to execute sequences of commands, select among alternative operations, perform logical tests, and repeat program actions. The Bourne and Korn shells use almost identical syntax, although the Korn shell is a superset of the Bourne shell and provides more functionality, including history and array capability. The Bourne shell is used for most scripts that are distributed with the Solaris Operating Environment. The C shell uses a syntax that is similar to C programming language syntax, and it has built-in capabilities not provided with the Bourne shell, such as history ...

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