Mastering Bash: A Step-by-Step Guide to working with Bash Programming and Shell Scripting

Mastering Bash: A Step-by-Step Guide to working with Bash Programming and Shell Scripting

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By: Giorgio Zarrelli

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Your one stop guide to making the most out of Bash programming

Key Features

  • From roots to leaves, learn how to program in Bash and automate daily tasks, pouring some spice in your scripts
  • Daemonize a script and make a real service of it, ensuring it's available at any time to process user-fed data or commands
  • This book provides functional examples that show you practical applications of commands

Book Description

System administration is an everyday effort that involves a lot of tedious tasks, and devious pits. Knowing your environment is the key to unleashing the most powerful solution that will make your life easy as an administrator, and show you the path to new heights. Bash is your Swiss army knife to set up your working or home environment as you want, when you want.

This book will enable you to customize your system step by step, making your own real, virtual, home out of it. The journey will take you swiftly through the basis of the shell programming in Bash to more interesting and challenging tasks. You will be introduced to one of the most famous open source monitoring systems―Nagios, and write complex programs with it in any languages. You'll see how to perform checks on your sites and applications.

Moving on, you'll discover how to write your own daemons so you can create your services and take advantage of inter-process communication to let your scripts talk to each other. So, despite these being everyday tasks, you'll have a lot of fun on the way. By the end of the book, you will have gained advanced knowledge of Bash that will help you automate routine tasks and manage your systems.

What you will learn

  • Understand Bash right from the basics and progress to an advanced level
  • Customise your environment and automate system routine tasks
  • Write structured scripts and create a command-line interface for your scripts
  • Understand arrays, menus, and functions
  • Securely execute remote commands using ssh
  • Write Nagios plugins to automate your infrastructure checks
  • Interact with web services, and a Slack notification script
  • Find out how to execute subshells and take advantage of parallelism
  • Explore inter-process communication and write your own daemon

Who This Book Is For

If you're a power user or system administrator involved in writing Bash scripts to automate tasks, then this book is for you. This book is also ideal for advanced users who are engaged in complex daily tasks.

Table of Contents

  1. Let's Start Programming
  2. Operators
  3. Testing
  4. Quoting and Escaping
  5. Menus, Arrays, and Functions
  6. Iterations
  7. Plug into the Real World
  8. We Want to Chat
  9. Subshells, Signals, and Job Controls
  10. Let's Make a Process Chat
  11. Living as a Daemon
  12. Remote Connections over SSH
  13. It's Time for a Timer
  14. Time for Safety

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