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David BothThe Linux Philosophy for SysAdminshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3730-4_10

10. Always Use Shell Scripts

David Both1 
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

When writing programs to automate – well, everything – always use shell scripts. Because shell scripts are stored in ASCII text format, they can be easily viewed and modified by humans just as easily as they can by computers. You can examine a shell program and see exactly what it does and whether there are any obvious errors in the syntax or logic. This is a powerful example of what it means to be open.

I know some developers tend to consider shell scripts something less than true programming. This marginalization of shell scripts and those who write them seems to be ...

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