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From Bash to Z Shell

Conquering the Command Line

By Oliver Kiddle , Peter Stephenson , Jerry Peek

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This comprehensive, hands-on guide focuses on two of the most popular and feature-rich shells, bash and zsh.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-59059-376-9
  • 472 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2004
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

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This comprehensive, hands-on guide focuses on two of the most popular and feature-rich shells, bash and zsh. From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line is a book for all skill levels. Novices will receive an introduction to the features of shells and power users will get to explore the benefits of zsh—one of the most powerful, versatile shells ever written. Intermediate users will uncover hints, recipes, and ideas to enhance their skill sets.

The book covers shell programming, but is unique in its thorough coverage of using shells interactively—a powerful and time-saving alternative to Windows and a mouse. This strong author team has written an immediately useful book, packed with examples and suggestions that users of Unix, Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows can readily apply.

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If you think that you've found an error in this book, please let us know by emailing to . You will find any confirmed erratum below, so you can check if your concern has already been addressed.

On page 130:

echo There\'s no substitute for hard work
^hard work^taste

When I use version 4.2.6 of zsh, the above does not work because as soon as I type the space after ^hard
the "echo..." command gets substituted. This does work in bash alright though. I had been able to follow along with the examples in zsh up to this point.


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