2. Scripting and the Shell


Good system administrators write scripts. Scripts standardize and automate the performance of administrative chores and free up admins’ time for more important and more interesting tasks. In a sense, scripts are also a kind of low-rent documentation in that they act as an authoritative outline of the steps needed to complete a particular task.

In terms of complexity, administrative scripts run the gamut from simple ones that encapsulate a few static commands to major software projects that manage host configurations and administrative data for an entire site. In this book we’re primarily interested in the smaller, day-to-day ...

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