UX002: Bourne Shell Programming

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3 days


This workshop is designed for people who need to use, write, and modify shell scripts to automate and to re-define aspects of their computing environment. The workshop examines basic aspects of using and implementing standard UNIX shell programming, with an emphasis on solving practical problems.

Students examine the features and usefulness of UNIX power utilities such as sed, grep, awk, and join. Scripts and utilities are thoroughly explored in laboratory and classroom session leading to mastery of the skills needed to develop practical shell programs.

Students accomplish explicit tasks in a working environment, creating programs, debugging faulty scripts, and working through case studies. 


Users, System and Database Administrators, Network Administrators and Programmers. 


After completing this course students are able to:

  • Create scripts to solve problems and automate tasks
  • Declare, change and use shell variables
  • Process command line arguments
  • Understand how shell interprets the command line
  • Make extensive use of the shell control structures
  • Customize user-written utilities
  • Implement error checking and signal handling
  • Debug shell scripts
  • Implement structured programming using functions
  • Employ the UNIX power utilities (grep, sed, awk, join, etc.)
  • Apply advanced concepts (xargs, tput, printf)


Introduction to UNIX or course UX001 Introduction to UNIX.  Specifically, the participant is expected to be able to:

  • Create and manage files and directories
  • Use the visual editor to create and edit files
  • Issue complex shell commands that include | > < * ; & $ characters
  • Navigate through the file system
  • Modify file and directory permissions
  • Use basic utilities such as sort, grep, tr, comm, wc, etc.
  • Identify fields in /etc/passwd
  • Employ proper quoting when issuing shell commands
  • Manage owned processes

Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1: Review

Chapter 2: Introduction to Shell Programming

Chapter 3: Variables

Chapter 4: Processes

Chapter 5: Quoting and Special Characters

Chapter 6: Writing Structured Programs Using Functions

Chapter 7: Necessary Tools

Chapter 8: Control Structures

Chapter 9: Execution of Commands

Chapter 10: Signals

Chapter 11: Miscellaneous Utilities

Chapter 12: Character Processing Commands

Appendix A: POSIX Commands

Appendix B: Korn Shell Features

Appendix C: C Shell Features

Appendix D: Job Scheduling using at, batch and cron

Appendix E: Helpful UNIX Books