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October 31st, 2007

Why Non-Technical Users Might Find Shell Scripting Useful

Programming, by suvi.

You know, I’ve never found any real use for a shell script.
Recently, I found an actual reason to write one for moving and
converting audio files using a few less keystrokes.

I admit it, I’m really a desktop user who doesn’t mind getting under
the hood every now and then. I enjoy playing with the ‘big’ toys, like
RDBMSes because I can afford to. But mostly, using GNU/Linux affords me
an opportunity to do what I need and want to do for a price that can’t
be beat. Much as I’ve tried, the only shell scripts I’ve written in the
past were pretty contrived, or simply following some tutorial. Now I
have a shell script I can actually make use of.

I’m not going to try to teach Bash scripting here. There are plenty of places where you can learn that. is one. The Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
is another. But I do want to make the argument that even non-technical
people ought to consider taking a little time to learn something about
the Bash shell and how to write a simple script.

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