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Date:      Sat, 30 Dec 2006 23:52:20 -0800
From:      George <d1945@sbcglobal.net>
To:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Is there reference manual for sh?
Message-ID:  <20061231075220.GA1020@home>
In-Reply-To: <200612301822.09750.lane@joeandlane.com>
References:  <20061230150403.GA4674@host.my.domain> <17814.33476.413912.221142@jerusalem.litteratus.org> <20061230182206.GA5557@host.my.domain> <200612301822.09750.lane@joeandlane.com>

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On Sat, Dec 30, 2006 at 06:22:09PM -0600, Lane wrote:
> On Saturday 30 December 2006 12:22, a@zeos.net wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 30, 2006 at 10:16:20AM -0500, Robert Huff wrote:
> > > a@zeos.net writes:
> > I need any online complete manual on sh, not a brief as it is man
> > sh.  The last one doesn't describe many features both interactive
> > (command line editing, using history interactively, and many others)
> > and scripting (for example, conditional expressions).
> 
> Here's a "brute-force" manual:
> 
> #!/bin/sh
> for each in `find /etc/rc.d`
>     do more $each
> done

Bonus points for not using cat, but it sounds like you're recommending a
manual you yourself haven't read.

    $ for each in /etc/rc.d/* ; do more $each ; done

Or skipping the unecessary logic: 

    $ more /etc/rc.d/*

Sarcasm is mostly counterproductive, doncha think?

> If you need more than what is there then you probably need Kernigan
> and Ritchie's The "C" Programming Language, (still) available on
> amazon.com.

My guess is the OP is inquiring about scripting in general, but bash(1)
and readline(3) in particular.  If that's the case, the manpages should
be more than adequate; a reading of Mendel Cooper's Advanced Bash
Scripting Guide (available for free at a Google search near you) would
also be useful for a practical perspective.  Recommending the K&R book I
don't think is appropriate.

> 



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