The shell is the primary way of communicating with Unix and Linux systems, providing a direct way to program by automating simple to intermediate tasks. In this invaluable resource, Unix, Linux, and shell scripting expert Steve Parker shares a collection of shell scripting recipes that can be used as provided or easily modified for a variety of environments and situations. The book begins with coverage of theory and principles, replete with insightful examples of each element discussed. You then move on to an in-depth discussion of shell programming, covering all Unix flavors but with a focus on Linux and the Bash shell. All the while, you explore credible, real-world recipes and the tools necessary to get started immediately.