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New Linux CLI Tricks for Old Dogs

Bash Cookbook
Bash Cookbook

I’ve been slowly making my way through O’Reilly’s Bash Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Bash Users, 2nd edition, by Carl Albing & JP Vossen. It’s a great book but is enormous and not really structured for reading from beginning to end, as much as for referring to to solve a specific problem. I doubt I will ever finish it.  But, there are a lot of great factoids in there!  Last year, I read Packt’s Mastering Embedded Linux Programming, second edition, by Chris Simmonds, as well as Embedded Linux Development Using Yocto Project, second edition, by Alex Gonzalez (both of which I should do reviews on), and picked up a few of the commands I mention below in those books.

I learned Unix shell commands first on a DEC Vax 11-780 starting about 1984 at college, and then more over time using various distros of Linux from maybe 1997 onward. I’ll admit that most of what I know about ‘sh’ and ‘bash’ are from long ago.

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