Covers much of the same material as this guide. Dead tree
media does have its advantages, though.
Dale Dougherty and Arnold Robbins, Sed and Awk, 2nd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, 1997, 1-156592-225-5.
To unfold the full power of shell scripting, you need at least a passing
familiarity with sed and
awk. This is the standard tutorial. It
includes an excellent introduction to "regular expressions". Read this
Jeffrey Friedl, Mastering Regular Expressions, O'Reilly and Associates, 2002, 0-596-00289-0.
Aeleen Frisch, Essential System Administration, 3rd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, 2002, 0-596-00343-9.
This excellent sys admin manual has a decent introduction to shell
scripting for sys administrators and does a nice job of explaining the
startup and initialization scripts. The long overdue third edition of this
classic has finally been released.
Stephen Kochan and Patrick Woods, Unix Shell Programming, Hayden, 1990, 067248448X.
The standard reference, though a bit dated by now.
Neil Matthew and Richard Stones, Beginning Linux Programming, Wrox Press, 1996, 1874416680.
Good in-depth coverage of various programming
languages available for Linux, including a fairly strong chapter
on shell scripting.
Herbert Mayer, Advanced C Programming on the IBM PC, Windcrest Books, 1989, 0830693637.
Excellent coverage of algorithms and general
David Medinets, Unix Shell Programming Tools, McGraw-Hill, 1999, 0070397333.
Good info on shell scripting, with examples, and a short
intro to Tcl and Perl.
Cameron Newham and Bill Rosenblatt, Learning the Bash Shell, 2nd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, 1998, 1-56592-347-2.
This is a valiant effort at a decent shell primer, but somewhat deficient
in coverage on programming topics and lacking sufficient examples.
A very handy pocket reference, despite lacking
coverage of Bash-specific features.
Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, and Mike Loukides, Unix Power Tools, 2nd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, Random House, 1997, 1-56592-260-3.
Contains a couple of sections of very informative
in-depth articles on shell programming, but falls short of being
a tutorial. It reproduces much of the regular expressions tutorial
from the Dougherty and Robbins book, above.
Clifford Pickover, Computers, Pattern, Chaos, and Beauty, St. Martin's Press, 1990, 0-312-04123-3.
A treasure trove of ideas and recipes for
computer-based exploration of mathematical oddities.
George Polya, How To Solve It, Princeton University Press, 1973, 0-691-02356-5.
The classic tutorial on problem solving methods
This manual is the definitive reference for
GNU Bash. The authors of this manual, Chet Ramey and Brian Fox,
are the original developers of GNU Bash. For each copy sold the
publisher donates $1 to the Free Software Foundation.
Arnold Robbins, Bash Reference Card, SSC, 1998, 1-58731-010-5.
Excellent Bash pocket reference (don't leave home
without it). A bargain at $4.95, but
also available for free download on-line in pdf
Arnold Robbins, Effective Awk Programming, Free Software Foundation / O'Reilly and Associates, 2000, 1-882114-26-4.
The absolute best awk tutorial and
reference. The free electronic version of this book is part of the
awk documentation, and printed copies of the
latest version are available from O'Reilly and Associates.
This book has served as an inspiration for the author of this
Bill Rosenblatt, Learning the Korn Shell, O'Reilly and Associates, 1993, 1-56592-054-6.
This well-written book contains some excellent pointers on shell
Paul Sheer, LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition, 1st edition, , 2002, 0-13-033351-4.
Very detailed and readable introduction to Linux system
Ellen Siever and the staff of O'Reilly and Associates, Linux in a Nutshell, 2nd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, 1999, 1-56592-585-8.
The all-around best Linux command reference, even has a Bash section.
Dave Taylor, Wicked Cool Shell Scripts: 101 Scripts for Linux, Mac OS X, and Unix Systems, 1st edition, No Starch Press, 2004, 1-59327-012-7.
Just as the title says . . .
The UNIX CD Bookshelf, 3rd edition, O'Reilly and Associates, 2003, 0-596-00392-7.
An array of seven UNIX books on CD ROM, including
UNIX Power Tools,
Sed and Awk, and Learning the Korn Shell. A complete
set of all the UNIX references and tutorials you would ever need
at about $130. Buy this one, even if it means going into debt
and not paying the rent.
The O'Reilly books on Perl. (Actually, any O'Reilly books.)
Fioretti, Marco, "Scripting for X
Productivity,"Linux Journal, Issue 113,
September, 2003, pp. 86-9.
Ben Okopnik's well-written introductory Bash
scripting articles in issues 53, 54, 55, 57, and
59 of the Linux Gazette, and his
explanation of "The Deep, Dark Secrets of Bash"
in issue 56.
Chet Ramey's bash - The GNU Shell,
a two-part series published in issues 3 and 4 of the
Linux Journal, July-August