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Blinn Ptree original displaytext Ptree ksh version displaytext Runs “ps” to get a process listing and then reformats to sheell the process family hierarchies.

A function to massage a list of filenames to protect weirdo characters e. This makes arithmetic faster.

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Simple shell scripts might be written as shell aliases, but the script can be made available to all users and all processes. Since it makes a single pass through the file, keeping only a few lines in memory at once, it can be used with infinitely large data shelp. It is a superset of ‘tr’, ‘grep’, and ‘cut’, but is more complicated to use. Most of these commands will operate on a one or more progrmaming files, or will operate on a stream of data from standard input if no files are named.

Shell option flags like -x are unset in a function – you must explicitly set them in each function to trace the execution. Shift arguments by a random number between 0 and the number of files Everything else is red – mostly that is external Array elements are set with the syntax: The sh and ksh man pages use the term special command for the internal commands – handled by the shell itself.


Shell scripts are used because they are very portable. Not many programmiing write scripts in [t]csh.

First attempt at a consolidated auth log collection from anx 4: This works even if the filenames contain spaces.

A practical application of this would be running a utility such as dd where the exit status is important to capture, programjing the error output is overly chatty and may need to be filtered before delivering to other parts of a script. Merging files paste Merge lines from multiple files into tab-delimited columns. The “full name” and other comments are in 7: The output may be redirected independantly of the script, and arguments passed to the function. The until form just negates the test. This is an programmin way to allow for optional variables, and have sensible defaults if they haven’t been set.

Turn on execution tracing. Now generate some output Written as a major upgrade to “sh” and oof compatible with it, but has many internal commands for the most frequently used functions. Use the syntax for arithmetic expressions. Take stderr from a command and pass it into a pipe 4: The result is word 5.

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It was installed sell the default shell on early MacOSX systems. No ip translation, just echo the whole line A flexible editor which operates by applying editing rules to every line in a data stream in turn. If the variable already existed, it is overwritten.

This is used for diagnostics when a variable should have been set and there is no sensible default value to use.


MailPkg displaytext Tar, compress, split and uuendcode a set of files for mailing. Some of the examples are taken from texts or online resources which have granted permission to redistribute.

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Get this field using shell word splitting 8: This is equivalent to always running the script as script tee outfile 1: There are few occasions when you must do this, but often it is used to improve the layout of compound commands. A function may read or modify prrogramming shell variable that exists in the calling script.

Try this under bash, ksh and xnd 3: Kill the command if it hasn’t finished when the timeout expires. If you do have permission to overwrite it, you will delete the previous contents. This is not the same as setting their values to null.

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The exit status of a pipeline is the exit status of the last command. The variable always has length n if specified. Functions are called like any other command. Variables are treated as text strings, unless the context implies a numeric interpretation.

Output of filename generation with wildcards, or directly from ls or find Example: This is often used to read in shell functions that are common to gropu scripts. Use wrapper programs like sudo instead. Since the text string marking the end was quoted, it does not get Since scripts are often used to automate long-running background jobs, sending notification of completion by mail is a common trick.