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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. LinuxCommand.org 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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