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Linux Utilities and Shell Programming

This three-day course provides a follow-on from the Introduction to Linux course for power users and administrators who wish to learn more of the general purpose Linux utilities, and be able to automate tasks by writing Bourne, Korn and Bash shell scripts. This course not only teaches you the utilities and programming skills, but also provides many examples of useful shell scripts. A further important aspect is that you will be able to readily interpret existing scripts.

Our Linux courses are suitable training for Linux LPI or RedHat Certification

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To train those who know a little Linux more of the "nuts and bolts" of Linux so that they will make good power users, and have the tools at their command to become excellent administrators and applications support technicians.

Mick Hosegood email
DURATION 3 days VENUE Newark (N) Training Centre
PRICE £750 plus VAT * BOOKING CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
*see note at bottom for special savings! for pricing for a course run especially for your organisation, please use our worksheet **Also available on your site for groups of four to ten.


Scheduled on demand

INTENSITY: About 40% of the course is practicals, and 60% lectures

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of a Linux workstation for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes relating to the course, and quick reference cards to assist with file editing and Linux commands. Printer(s) are provided on this course so that students can learn how to use them, and also take away printed copies of their work.

Tape drives are provided for each student for use during backup and restore exercises.

PREREQUISITES: Experience of Linux similar to the level covered in our Introduction to Linux course.

FOLLOW UPS: We offer two Linux Systems Administration courses (Linux System Administration (Part 1) and Linux System Administration (Part 2)). Those who need to tackle more advanced data manipulation and scripting techniques should also consider our range of Perl Programming courses. Sheets describing each of our courses, and current schedules, are available on request.

PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each student leaves the course with their own set of training notes for the material covered; around 120 pages per day of training.

Every student who attends this course will be issued with a signed certificate of course completion, which we will be happy to "authenticate" upon future request.
On this course, we hand out a number of quick reference sheets to each student on subjects such as vi and Linux commands.
Template files for this course are available at https://www.firstalt.co.uk/service/sa

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: Uses the Redhat or CentOS Linux distribution, but is suitable for any version of Linux or UNIX..



Review of shell facilities

  • Redirection and Piping of output and errors.
  • Command History and command line editing.
  • Aliases.
  • Metacharacters (wild cards).
  • Shell Variables and user profile configuration.

Regular Expressions

  • What are regular expressions?
  • Commands that use regular expressions.
  • Special characters in regular expressions.
  • Examples of regular expressions used with the grep utility.

Linux utilities

  • Utilities for manipulating data, generating reports and much more (gawk, grep, sort, sed, cut, tr).
  • Utilities for examining and converting data (dd, tar, mt, od, what, strings).
  • Utilities for hunting around (find, which). 
  • Using cmp, diff and comm for comparing files and directories.
  • Compression utilities compress, zip, gzip, bzip2, etc.

Advanced vi

  • Review of basic vi use.
  • Using the more complex and powerful facilities of the vi editor.
  • Moving blocks of text.
  • Recovering previous deleted lines.
  • Placing markers in text.
  • Running Linux commands from vi.
  • Setting and saving options.
  • Using ex commands for rapid repetitive changes.

Bourne, Korn and Bash Shell Programming

  • A simple shell program.
  • Execution of Scripts.
  • Script debugging.
  • Run time arguments.
  • Input from the keyboard.
  • Shell variables and special variables.
  • Arithmetic facilities.
  • Control and Loop statements (if, for, while until, case, select).
  • Functions in scripts.
  • Catching interrupts with trap.
  • Script organisation.
  • (Practicals include interpretation of existing scripts as well as writing new scripts).

Techniques and practical tips for good scripts.

  • Use of absolute & relative paths.
  • Passing data between commands.
  • Useful special files and directories.
  • Labelling your output.
  • General best programming practices.

Overview of System Administration

  • Pointers to performing administration tasks on Linux, including:- Linux configurations & hardware support.
  • System administration functions & procedures.
  • How is administration carried out?
  • System Administration tools.



Multiple Bookings
If you book more than one place on our courses on the same purchase order, you are entitled to a 10% discount.

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