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    Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    Hello All

    I've done some shell scripting (20+ years ago) and fancy relearning it again. I was a bit disappointed that my local library has no books on the subject at all, even though I live in a large university town in the UK (Reading). I didn't even find a book shop either!

    So I was wondering what books or maybe on line resources you, the community, would recommend.

    Thanking you all in advance for your advice.

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    Try the bash beginners guide first I seem to remember that it was quite useful but it has been a while since I used it. There is also the community page for command line resources which will focus more specifically on Ubuntu. If you really want a book there is Working at the Ubuntu Command Line which is also Ubuntu specific.

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    I'd also recommend at least skimming the following as you progress with other material:



    Though the Full Bash Guide is a good place to start in itself.

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    This is an important read if you are doing anything serious with scripts.
    http://www.davidpashley.com/articles...l-scripts.html

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    I have read the following books and found them to be good:

    The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction
    Paperback: 480 pages
    Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (January 14, 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1593273894
    ISBN-13: 978-1593273897

    A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
    Paperback: 1200 pages
    Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (September 24, 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 013308504X
    ISBN-13: 978-0133085044

    UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook
    Paperback: 1344 pages
    Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4th edition (July 24, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0131480057
    ISBN-13: 978-0131480056

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    Excellent! Thank you all. There's plenty here to keep me busy for a while

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    Quote Originally Posted by scbingham View Post
    Excellent! Thank you all. There's plenty here to keep me busy for a while
    Hi,

    There are quite a few bash links on the Links Page in NewDocs (See link in my signature)

    You probably already have some of those but there may be something new.

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    Re: Recommend a book/resource to learn bash

    Quote Originally Posted by cprofitt View Post
    A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
    Paperback: 1200 pages
    Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (September 24, 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 013308504X
    ISBN-13: 978-0133085044
    +1. I have the Kindle edition of that book. It's a good one for beginners

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