Learn about logical operators and shell expansions, in the second article in this multi-part series on programming with Bash. Author’s note: The articles in this series first appeared at Opensource.com. The original articles consisted of two series and the rest were published as stand-alone articles. These have all been merged into a single series with updates and modifications for that purpose.
Saw this tip on Mastodon from user Stephan (@email@example.com) and thought it worth passing along:
When you are about to write a long and complicated command in bash, then hit CTRL+x CTRL+e to enter an editor window in which you can write the command with your default editor. The command will be executed immediately after the file is saved and the editor is closed. #linux #commandline #bash #programming #tips
I never knew you could do this. And it was only a year or two ago that I found about about CTRL+r which lets you do a text search for commands in your history (so you don’t need to keep pressing the up arrow). Then again I am not a big command line user, but when I do need to use it, tips like these can be quite helpful IF I can remember them when I need them!
Thanks to Stephan for sharing this tip!
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Source: Lesser Known Bash shortcuts (GitHub)
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Luckily, bash gives us several ways to avoid repetition and increase productivity.
Today, we will explore the tools we can leverage to optimize what I love to call “shell time”.
Minimal Bash script template that will make your scripts safer, consistent with standards, and provide a way to parse and validate parameters.
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Source: Writing Safe Shell Scripts (MIT Student Information Processing Board)