Free Trial

Safari Books Online is a digital library providing on-demand subscription access to thousands of learning resources.


The key to mastering any Unix system, especially Linux and Mac OS X, is a thorough knowledge of shell scripting. Scripting is a way to harness and customize the power of any Unix system, and it's an essential skill for any Unix users, including system administrators and professional OS X developers. But beneath this simple promise lies a treacherous ocean of variations in Unix commands and standards.

bash Cookbook teaches shell scripting the way Unix masters practice the craft. It presents a variety of recipes and tricks for all levels of shell programmers so that anyone can become a proficient user of the most common Unix shell -- the bash shell -- and cygwin or other popular Unix emulation packages. Packed full of useful scripts, along with examples that explain how to create better scripts, this new cookbook gives professionals and power users everything they need to automate routine tasks and enable them to truly manage their systems -- rather than have their systems manage them.

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 4.333333333333333 out of 5 rating Based on 6 Ratings

"Bash cookbook " - by Anonymous on 09-SEP-2013
Reviewer Rating: 1 star rating2 star rating3 star rating4 star rating5 star rating
Lots of filler content, lots of typos, lots of unexplained parts of examples, lots of useless examples. In short,  very disappointing.
Report as Inappropriate

"bash cookbook" - by wasadmin11 on 05-APR-2010
Reviewer Rating: 1 star rating2 star rating3 star rating4 star rating5 star rating
awesome book . great tips . must read to learn tricks in bash.
Report as Inappropriate

Table of Contents



The publisher has provided additional content related to this title.


Visit the catalog page for bash Cookbook

  • Catalog Page

Visit the errata page for bash Cookbook

  • Errata

Download the supplemental electronic content for bash Cookbook

  • Supplemental Content