[kwlug-disc] Scripting in Linux and unit.d

Michael Savage msavage at golden.net
Sun Jan 8 12:09:28 EST 2012

I am interested.

On 08/01/2012 3:33 AM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> Charles McColm and I were recently bitten by the 
> "We-want-to-be-Python-programmers" bug. On Friday at Ubuntu Hour we 
> met a fellow from London (ON).  Sadly, my memory has lost its parity 
> bits and I don't recall his name. Maybe "Mars" on the Ubuntu IRC 
> channel? Anyway, he's a professional Python programmer, and he said he 
> might be willing to come back to guide some of us newbies towards a 
> life of Pythony goodness.  He suggested we start with Mark Pilgrim's 
> "Dive Into Python" or Zed A. Shaw's "Learn Python The Hard Way".
> Is there interest in learning Python within the ranks of KWLUG?  All 
> we need is a project to work on... The KWPUG  group seems to be 
> defunct, but we can strike out on our own.
> --Bob.
> Dive Into Python http://www.diveintopython.net/
> Learn Python The Hard Way http://learnpythonthehardway.org/
> KWPUG http://kwpug.org
> Ubuntu Canada IRC channel irc://irc.freenode.net/#ubuntu-ca or 
> http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=ubuntu-ca
> John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
>    Hi Colon,
>    Scripting in Linux relies heavily on the vast array of programs
>    either directly or indirectly.
>    Bash is the command shell and is commonly used for scripting,
>    especially in system start up. It uses external programs heavily. I
>    usually start with bash and if it proves poor for the task I move to
>    perl by massaging the script.
>    Perl is a very flexible and powerful scripting language and it
>    borrows a lot of syntax from bash, awk and grep. So learning bash
>    helps with perl. It works well for parsing text files.
>    Python seems to be one of the more recently popular scripting. With
>    add-ons it's used for Fedora admin Gui programs. It also handles
>    threading well and has lots of other add-on modules.
>    There are lots of other options but these are the common workhorse
>    apps for system-level scripting.
>    Bash and the common linux commands are worth getting familiar with.
>    Regular expressions are also commonly handy. These are the basics
>    that I findf handy all the time.
>    What are you trying to do?
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>    *Sent*: Sat Jan 07 18:48:02 2012
>    *Subject*: [kwlug-disc] Scripting in Linux and unit.d
>    I'm not a programmer but I do understand some fundamentals and
>    looking to learn some scripting so that I can automate some tasks.
>    What would be a good way to learn this stuff.
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