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Old 07-31-2003
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I am fairly new to *nix/linux and I have just installed SuSe 8.2. I am wondering what skills would be good to learn. I know that I will need to learn how to write scripts, but what scripting languages should I learn. I greatly appreciate any and all comments.

Thanks
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Old 07-31-2003
Re: Newbie Question

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Originally posted by Ntalektual
I am fairly new to *nix/linux and I have just installed SuSe 8.2. I am wondering what skills would be good to learn. I know that I will need to learn how to write scripts, but what scripting languages should I learn. I greatly appreciate any and all comments.

Thanks
As far as scripting goes, I would suggest that you teach yourself KORN shell.

I find KORN to be somewhat of a forgiving language....which is nice for a beginner like myself. KORN is also quite versatile as it allows to interact with shell commands and also embed sed/awk code.

My 2 cents.

Al.
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Old 08-04-2003
i would advise you to begin with "normal" shell scripting (bash: is the most common and nearly similar to sh)

some nice URLs:

http://www.freeos.com/guides/lsst/

http://steve-parker.org/sh/sh.shtml

http://www.tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/

I began with sh-scripting and then i bought a book about perl (easier to unterstand when you can sh-scripting)
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Old 08-04-2003
Yes, especially because SuSE gives you bash by default. I believe korn shell is not even installed by default, so for a new user who are still not familiar with how to install additional software RPMs from the 6(?) CD set very likely a korn shell is not for him/her.

The SuSE manuals are considered among one of the best introductory guides in all Linux documentation. I have a set of old (7.2) manuals lying around and find that you can learn quite a good deal from them. Starting with a GUI is easier, but don't forget to learn command line (e.g. bash) also as you proceed! The SuSE manuals do not teach you these things, though.
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Old 08-04-2003
Thanks for the advice. I'll check out the links and I think I try to start with bash shell scripting.
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Old 08-05-2003
sh, sh, sh

The Bourne shell (usually /bin/sh) is the only shell universally available. Some systems don't install csh (which no one has recommended yet). Bash is convenient and ksh-like (with enhancements?). Zsh is what I use for a UI. But I always script in sh.

If a problem is too complex for sh, I drop into ruby or perl, but that's a different level of complexity.

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