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Friday, January 9, 2009

An Introduction to the Unix Shell

http://partmaps.org/era/unix/shell.html
An Introduction to the Unix Shell
This is an HTMLized version of Steve Bourne's original shell tutorial. I found the source at http://cm.bell-labs.com/7thEdMan/vol2/shell.bun and generated my own copy with troff, which I then edited into an HTML version.
This 1978 classic (not sure about the exact date, corrections welcome) is not only historically interesting, it's still a good tutorial as long as you keep in mind that some minor details like the terminal interface have changed quite a bit (DEL is not usually the interrupt character anymore, etc). The same goes, by the way, for a lot of the old Unix documentation from Murray Hill, including the excellent book The Unix Programming Environment by Kernighan and Pike.

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