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Mastering Unix Shell Scripting: Bash, Bourne, and Korn Shell Scripting for Programmers, System Administrators, and UNIX Gurus, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-08016-0
1032 pages
September 2011
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UNIX expert Randal K. Michael guides you through every detail of writing shell scripts to automate specific tasks. Each chapter begins with a typical, everyday UNIX challenge, then shows you how to take basic syntax and turn it into a shell scripting solution. Covering Bash, Bourne, and Korn shell scripting, this updated edition provides complete shell scripts plus detailed descriptions of each part. UNIX programmers and system administrators can tailor these to build tools that monitor for specific system events and situations, building solid UNIX shell scripting skills to solve real-world system administration problems.
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Part One: The Basics of Shell Scripting.

Chapter 1: Scripting Quick Start and Review.

Chapter 2: 24 Ways to Process a File Line-by-Line.

Chapter 3: Automated Event Notification.

Chapter 4: Progress Indicators Using a Series of Dots, a Rotating Line, or Elapsed Time.

Part Two: Scripts for Programmers, Testers, and Analysts.

Chapter 5: Working with Record Files.

Chapter 6: Automated FTP Stuff.

Chapter 7: Using rsync to Efficiently Replicate Data.

Chapter 8: Automating Interactive Programs with Expect and Autoexpect.

Chapter 9: Finding Large Files and Files of a Specific Type.

Chapter 10: Process Monitoring and Enabling Pre-Processing, Startup, and Post-Processing Events.

Chapter 11: Pseudo-Random Number and Data Generation.

Chapter 12: Creating Pseudo-Random Passwords.

Chapter 13: Floating-Point Math and the bc Utility.

Chapter 14: Number Base Conversions.

Chapter 15: hgrep: Highlighted grep Script.

Chapter 16: Monitoring Processes and Applications.

Part Three: Scripts for Systems Administrators.

Chapter 17: Filesystem Monitoring.

Chapter 18: Monitoring Paging and Swap Space.

Chapter 19: Monitoring System Load.

Chapter 20: Monitoring for Stale Disk Partitions (AIX-Specific).

Chapter 21: Turning On/Off SSA Identification Lights.

Chapter 22: Automated Hosts Pinging with Notification of Failure.

Chapter 23: Creating a System-Configuration Snapshot.

Chapter 24: Compiling, Installing, Configuring, and Using sudo.

Chapter 25: Print-Queue Hell: Keeping the Printers Printing.

Chapter 26: Those Pesky Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Audits.

Chapter 27: Using Dirvish with rsync to Create Snapshot-Type Backups.

Chapter 28: Monitoring and Auditing User Keystrokes.

Appendix A: What’s on the Web Site.


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Randal K. Michael is a UNIX Systems Administrator working as a contract consultant. He teaches UNIX shell scripting in corporate settings, where he writes shell scripts to address a variety of problems and tasks ranging from monitoring systems to replicating large databases. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and 15 years of experience as a UNIX Systems Administrator, working on AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OpenBSD, and Solaris.
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