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What we saw so far was the Linux in general, more focused on file systems, commands and other core stuff. These books, on the other hand, can be termed as manual or getting started guide for various Linux distributions.
So if you are using a certain Linux distribution or planning to use it, you can refer to these resources.
And yes, these books are more desktop Linux focused. I would also like to add that most Linux distributions have their own wiki or documentation section which are often pretty vast. You can always refer to them when you are online. Needless to say that this eBook is for Ubuntu users. It is updated for each version of Ubuntu.
So, you get to know Unity desktop, how to go around it and find applications etc. Ubuntu Manual. A very basic eBook that focuses on Linux Mint.
It shows you how to install Linux Mint in a virtual machine, how to find software, install updates and customize the Linux Mint desktop. Just Tell Me Damnit!
Solus Linux User Guide. This section is dedicated to the SysAdmins, the superheroes for developers. I have listed a few free eBooks here for SysAdmin which will surely help anyone who is already a SysAdmin or aspirs to be one.
I must add that you should also focus on essential Linux command lines as it will make your job easier. If you use Debian Linux for your servers, this is your bible. Book starts with Debian history, installation, package management etc and then moves on to cover topics like LAMP , virtual machines, storage management and other core sysadmin stuff. This is an ideal book if you are preparing for LPI certification. The book deals straightway to the topics essential for sysadmins.
Advanced Linux System Administration. Another free eBook by Paul Cobbaut. The pages long eBook covers networking, disk management, user management, kernel management, library management etc. Linux System Administration. Linux Servers. Networking is the bread and butter of a SysAdmin, and this book by Paul Cobbaut again is a good reference material.
Linux Networking. This book by Paul Cobbaut yes, him again explains disk management on Linux in detail and introduces a lot of other storage-related technologies. Linux Storage. This is the last eBook by Paul Cobbaut in our list here.
Linux Security. I know that this is a good collection of free Linux eBooks.
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Thank for your website. I am a new user of linux. And i discover many very good informations. Another great topic to bookmark… Thanks for these books can create a difference in the learning curve. Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer You are here: How to learn Linux? This is perhaps the most commonly asked question in our Facebook group for Linux users.
This article is absolutely great: Close dialog. Session expired Please log in again. The first time, it uses quotation marks.
The second time, it does not. In modern Bourne shells, expansion of variables, occurs after the statement itself is fully parsed by the shell. However, if you are using double quote marks within a literal string, you must quote that string properly. This quoting technique also applies to literal strings within commands entered on the command line. For example, using the script from earlier in Shell Variables and Printing , the command:.
The details of quotes as they apply to variable expansion are explained in Parsing, Variable Expansion, and Quoting. Variable safety with shells that predate this behavior is generally impractical. Fortunately, the modern behavior has been the norm since the mids. Shell scripts also allow the use of single quote marks. Variables between single quotes are not replaced by their contents. Be sure to use double quotes unless you are intentionally trying to display the actual name of the variable.
You can also use single quotes as a way to avoid the shell interpreting the contents of the string in any way. These differences are described further in Parsing, Variable Expansion, and Quoting. One key feature of shell scripts is that variables are typically limited in their scope to the currently running script. The scoping of variables is described in more detail in Subroutines, Scoping, and Sourcing.
For now, though, it suffices to say that variables generally do not get passed on to scripts or tools that they execute. Normally, this is what you want. Most variables in a shell script do not have any meaning to the tools that they execute, and thus represent clutter and the potential for variable namespace collisions if they are exported. Occasionally, however, you will find it necessary to make a variable's value available to an outside tool.
To do this, you must export the variable. These exported variables are commonly known as environment variables because they affect the execution of every script or tool that runs but are not part of those scripts or tools themselves.
A classic example of an environment variable that is significant to scripts and tools is the PATH variable. This variable specifies a list of locations that the shell searches when executing programs by name without specifying a complete path.
For example, when you type ls on the command line, the shell searches in the locations specified in PATH in the order specified until it finds an executable called ls or runs out of locations, whichever comes first. The details of exporting shell variables differ considerably between the Bourne shell and the C shell. Thus, the following sections explain these details in a shell-specific fashion. Generally speaking, the first time you assign a value to an environment variable such as the PATH variable, the Bourne shell creates a new, local copy of this shell variable that is specific to your script.
Any tool executed from your script is passed the original value of PATH inherited from whatever script, tool, or shell that launched it. With the BASH shell, however, any variable inherited from the environment is automatically exported by the shell. Thus, in some versions of OS X, if you modify inherited environment variables such as PATH in a script, your local changes will be seen automatically by any tool or script that your script executes.
Because different Bourne shell variants handle these external environment variables differently even among different versions of OS X , this creates two minor portability problems:. A script written without the export statement may work on some versions of OS X, but will fail on others.
You can solve this portability problem by using the export builtin, as described in this section. A shell script that changes variables such as PATH will alter the behavior of any script that it executes, which may or may not be desirable. To guarantee that your modifications to a shell variable are passed to any script or tool that your shell script calls, you must use the export builtin.
You do not have to use this command every time you change the value; the variable remains exported until the shell script exits. Either of these statements has the same effect—specifically, they export the local notion of the PATH environment variable to any command that your script executes from now on.
There is a small catch, however. You cannot later undo this export to restore the original global declaration. Thus, if you need to retain the original value, you must store it somewhere yourself.
In the following example, the script stores the original value of the PATH environment variable, exports an altered version, executes a command, and restores the old version. If you need to find out whether an environment variable whether inherited by your script or explicitly set with the export directive was set to empty or was never set in the first place, you can use the printenv command to obtain a complete list of defined variables and use grep to see if it is in the list.
The resulting variable will contain 1 if the variable is defined in the environment or 0 if it is not.
Because the BASH Bourne shell variant automatically exports all variables inherited from its environment, any changes you make to preexisting environment variables such as PATH are automatically inherited by any tool or script that your script executes.
This is not true for other Bourne shell variants; see Using the export Builtin Bourne Shell for further explanation. While automatic export is usually convenient, you may sometimes wish to change a preexisting environment variable without modifying the environment of any script or tool that your script executes.
This problem is easily solved by overriding the environment variable PATH on a per-execution basis. Consider the following script:. Normally, this variable is empty, so this script just prints a blank line.
Save the script as printmyvar. However, the original empty value is restored after executing that command, so the echo statement afterwards prints an empty string for the value of MYVAR. In the C shell, variables are exported if you set them with setenv , but not if you set them with set. Thus, if you want your shell variable modifications to be seen by any tool or script that you call, you should use the setenv builtin. This builtin is the C shell equivalent to issuing an assignment statement with the export builtin in the Bourne shell.
If you want your shell variables to only be available to your script, you should use the set builtin described in Shell Variables and Printing. The set builtin is equivalent to a simple assignment statement in the Bourne shell. To remove variables in the C shell, you can use the unsetenv or unset builtin.
This will generate an error message. In the C shell, it is not possible to print the value of an undefined variable, so if you think you may need to print the value later, you should set it to an empty string rather than using unset or unsetenv. If you need to test an environment variable not a shell-local variable that may or may not be part of your environment a variable set by whatever process called your script , you can use the printenv builtin.
This prints the value of a variable if set, but prints nothing if the variable is not set, and thus behaves just like the variable behaves in the Bourne shell. This prints X is "" if the variable is either empty or undefined. Otherwise, it prints the value of the variable between the quotation marks. If you need to find out if a variable is simply empty or is actually not set, you can also use printenv to obtain a complete list of defined variables and use grep to see if it is in the list.
Unlike the Bourne shell, the C shell does not provide a built-in syntax for overriding environment variables when executing external commands.
However, it is possible to simulate this either by using the env command. As an alternative, you can use the set builtin to make a temporary copy of any variable you need to override, change the value, execute the command, and restore the value from the temporary copy. You should notice, however, that whether you use the env command or manually make a copy, the PATH variable is altered prior to searching for the command. As a workaround, you can determine the path of the executable using the which command prior to altering the PATH environment variable.
For the most part, in Bourne shell scripts, when you need to get rid of a variable, setting it to an empty string is sufficient. However, in long-running scripts that might encounter memory pressure, it can be marginally useful to delete the variable entirely. To do this, use the unset builtin.
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