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Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
ISBN-13: 9780596001957, ISBN-10: 0596001959
Format: Paperback
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Date Published: April 2002
Edition: 2ND

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Author Biography: Bill Rosenblatt

Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.

Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps/Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm in New York City. Before founding GiantSteps, Bill was CTO of Fathom, an online content and education company associated with Columbia University and other scholarly institutions. He has been a technology executive at McGraw-Hill and Times Mirror, and head of strategic marketing for media and publishing at Sun Microsystems. Bill was also one of the architects of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a standard for online content identification and DRM.

Book Synopsis

"Learning the Korn Shell" is the key to the Korn shell and becoming adept at using it as an interactive command and scripting language. Readers will learn how to write many applications more easily and quickly than with other high-level languages. This newly revised title inherits a long tradition of trust among computer professionals.


A thorough introduction to UNIX's newest and most powerful command interpreter, which combines the best features of the older Bourne and C shells, in addition to providing many new features of its own. The volume provides a guide to all aspects of Korn shell usage: interactive "command line" use, plus coverage of shell programming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

1Korn Shell Basics1
2Command-Line Editing33
3Customizing Your Environment65
4Basic Shell Programming91
5Flow Control135
6Command-Line Options and Typed Variables172
7Input/Output and Command-Line Processing209
8Process Handling257
9Debugging Shell Programs290
10Korn Shell Administration321
ARelated Shells337
BReference Information366
CBuilding ksh from Source Code386
DAT&T ast Source Code License Agreement390




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