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Authors: Stephen Kochan, Patrick Wood
ISBN-13: 9780672324901, ISBN-10: 0672324903
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sams
Date Published: February 2003
Edition: Subsequent

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Author Biography: Stephen Kochan

Stephen G. Kochan is the owner of TechFitness, a technology-based fitness company. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of Pipeline Associates, a company specializing in color printing software. Mr. Kochan is the author of several best-selling books on Unix and C programming, including the best-selling Programming in C. He also acted as Series Editor for the Hayden Unix System Library.

Patrick Wood is the CTO of the New Jersey location of Electronics for Imaging. He was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories when he met Mr. Kochan back in 1985. Together they founded Pipeline Associates, Inc., a Unix consulting firm, where he was the Vice President. The co-authored Exploring the Unix System, Unix System Security, Topics in C Programming, and Unix Shell Programming.

Book Synopsis

Unix Shell Programming is a tutorial aimed at helping Unix and Linux users get optimal performance out of their operating out of their operating system. It shows them how to take control of their systems and work efficiently by harnessing the power of the shell to solve common problems. The reader learns everything he or she needs to know to customize the way a Unix system responds.

The vast majority of Unix users utilize the Korn shell or some variant of the Bourne shell, such as bash. Three are covered in the third edition of Unix Shell Programming. It begins with a generalized tutorial of Unix and tools and then moves into detailed coverage of shell programming.

Topics covered include: regular expressions, the kernel and the utilities, command files, parameters, manipulating text filters, understanding and debugging shell scripts, creating and utilizing variables, tools, processes, and customizing the shell.


A review of UNIX basics and clear instructions for the standard Bourne shell and the newer Korn shell. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

2A Quick Review of the Basics5
3What Is the Shell?41
4Tools of the Trade53
5And Away We Go99
6Can I Quote You on That?115
7Passing Arguments133
8Decisions, Decisions145
9'Round and 'Round She Goes183
10Reading and Printing Data209
11Your Environment235
12More on Parameters267
13Loose Ends287
14Rolo Revisited307
15Interactive and Nonstandard Shell Features325
AShell Summary363
B: For More Information403




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