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The Linux Command Line by William E. Shotts Jr.

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Acknowledgments

I want to thank the following people who helped make this book possible.

First, the people who inspired me: Jenny Watson, Acquisitions Editor at Wiley Publishing, originally suggested that I write a shell-scripting book. Though Wiley didn’t accept my proposal, it became the basis of this book. John C. Dvorak, noted columnist and pundit, gave great advice. In an episode of his video podcast, “Cranky Geeks,” Mr. Dvorak described the process of writing: “Hell. Write 200 words a day and in a year, you have a novel.” This tip led me to write a page a day until I had a book. Dmitri Popov wrote an article in Free Software Magazine titled “Creating a book template with Writer,” which inspired me to use OpenOffice.org Writer for composing ...

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