Unix: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

While searching using a popular search engine for Bash help I found a few goodies:

  1. Unix: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – short article on the short-comings of Unix, from a user-friendly perspective. While I agree that “info” is horrendous, the much more useful “pinfo” is much better. Instead of using arcane key combinations to navigate you can use your cursor keys to move about. Of course, in Gnome, you can (or used to be able to) view helpfiles through their help system. I’m sure the same exists in the KDE world. There is already a searchable database of commands. You access it through the “apropos” command, although I never use it so that might indicate how useful it is.
  2. Shell scripts in 20 pagesA guide to writing shell scripts for C/C++/Java and unix programmers which is a good summary of shell scripting when you’re already familiar with programming in other languages. Recommended!

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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