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12. Use Commonsense Naming

David Both1 
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Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
 

I have mentioned in several places in this book that typing is not my forte and that the Lazy SysAdmin does everything possible to reduce typing. I take that seriously. This tenet expands on that, but there is much more to it than just reducing the amount of typing I need to do. It is also about the readability of scripts and naming things so that they are more understandable.

One of the original Unix philosophy tenets – although one of the lesser ones – was to always use lowercase and keep names short. An admirable goal but not one so easily met in the world of the SysAdmin. ...

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