by Dave Taylor and Brandon Perry
October 2016, 392 pp.
Shell scripts are an efficient way to interact with your machine and manage your files and system operations. With just a few lines of code, your computer will do exactly what you want it to do. But you can also use shell scripts for many other essential (and not-so-essential) tasks.
This second edition of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts offers a collection of useful, customizable, and fun shell scripts for solving common problems and personalizing your computing environment. Each chapter contains ready-to-use scripts and explanations of how they work, why you’d want to use them, and suggestions for changing and expanding them. You’ll find a mix of classic favorites, like a disk backup utility that keeps your files safe when your system crashes, a password manager, a weather tracker, and several games, as well as 23 brand-new scripts, including:
Whether you want to save time managing your system or just find new ways to goof off, these scripts are wicked cool!
Readers are free to re-use code from Wicked Cool Shell Scripts 2nd Edition under the MIT license, as outlined here: https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT
About the Author
Dave Taylor has been in the computer industry since 1980. He was a contributor to BSD 4.4 UNIX, and his software is included in all major UNIX distributions. He is an award-winning public speaker and has written thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. He is the author of 20 books, including Learning UNIX for Mac OS X (O'Reilly), Solaris for Dummies (Hungry Minds), and Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours (SAMS). A popular columnist for Linux Journal magazine, he also maintains a customer tech support website at askdavetaylor.com.
Brandon Perry started writing C# applications with the advent of the open source .NET implementation called Mono. In his free time, he enjoys writing modules for the Metasploit framework, parsing binary files, and fuzzing things.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Missing Code Library
Appendix A: Installing Bash on Windows 10
“This new edition covers a lot of important ground and is well worth that special spot you've on your bookshelf for the book that you need to be able to reach without standing up. This is one of those books you are likely to make very good use of in your Unix work life.”
“Overall, this is an excellent book if you want some ideas and inspiration on what's made possible by writing bash scripts. There are some really interesting techniques, and the book is fun to read.”
“Whether users want to save time managing their systems or just find new ways to goof off, these scripts are just the ticket.”
“If you’re just getting to grips with Bash scripting, following these examples will give you a great insight into how it all works.”
“If you want to get more out of using the command line (on pretty much any UNIX like OS) this could be the book for you.”