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Mastering Unix Shell Scripting


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Acknowledgments. Introduction. 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. Index.

About the Author

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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