Bourne/Korn Shell

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" Bourne/Korn Shell Programming "     3 days
Next Public Offering: 8/18-8/20     Location: Seattle  
" Shell Programming and UNIX Utilities "     5 days
Next Public Offering: 8/18-8/22     Location: Seattle  

Course Description

The role of the shell is to provide a command-line interface to the UNIX/Linux system. Unlike graphical user interfaces, the shell provides access to the full richness and power of the operating system. The Bourne shell is the classic programming language of UNIX System Administrators, and its successor, the Korn shell, provides additional benefits while preserving backwards compatibility.

This lecture/lab course shows the student how to customize the shell's configuration, and create custom programs (shell scripts) that increase productivity by automating mundane tasks and extending the UNIX command set.

The Instructor demonstrates common mistakes and shows how they can be avoided, and explains proper application of the Consultix Shell Quoting Guidelines.

We typically offer this course in the same week as UNIX/Linux Utilities, so the student can learn the "vocabulary" of shell programming (the utilities) immediately after learning the "grammar" (shell programming).

This course focuses on the Korn shell, but most of the material is also relevant to the Bash shell found on Linux systems.

We also have a Linux version of this course.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who want to customize the settings of their login shell and write custom shell scripts.


Students should be experienced with one of the following text editors: vi, emacs, or pico (or another locally available editor, for on-site classes). Students should also have a familiarity with the hierarchical file system and basic commands such as cd, ls, chmod, & grep. This background can be achieved by attending UNIX Fundamentals. Previous programming experience is very helpful, but logically-minded individuals without such a background can also benefit from attending.

Author & Instructors

Dr. Tim Maher wrote a course on the Bourne shell for AT&T in the early 80s, and taught it for many years to AT&T's customers and employees. Since the 1980s, he has taught many thousands of students to use UNIX/Linux shells. Dr. Maher has also written many sophisticated applications in shell languages, including an eight-thousand line user interface used by students at U.C. Berkeley, and a source code beautifier for the C++ language (published in Dr. Dobb's Journal). He is a recognized expert on Shell Programming, and as founder and head of CONSULTIX, he regularly teaches courses on a wide variety of UNIX/Linux topics.

CONSULTIX instructors are renowned for their ability to communicate complex concepts in simple terms and to make the study of dry technical material enjoyable.


Start-Up Files Shell Variables Argument Handling
I/O Redirection Conditional Execution Looping Constructs
Variable Substitution File-Name Generation Command Substitution
Aliases Built-In Commands Quoting Techniques
The Process Hierarchy Shell Scripts Quoting Guidelines

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