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Bash Scripting for Dummies and Geniuses

Posted 11-20-2013 at 09:18 AM by rtmistler
Updated 06-17-2014 at 01:25 PM by rtmistler

One only need look at LinuxQuestions.org to notice the great amount of script (and code) questions and varieties of comments to realize that we all have varying opinions about bash programming.

Many questions are very complicated, as are the resulting answers and script recommendations. I've noticed that two fundamental points are invariably overlooked by the questioners, and many of the comments:

Quote:
"All programming is the use of simple operations to solve complex
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Making a bootable Live-DVD under Ubuntu

Posted 11-19-2013 at 07:49 PM by flshope

A recent article from ExtremeTech at the following link

http://www.extremetech.com/computing...ually-live-for

got me to worrying what I would do if my main boot disk failed. I keep my data files on a second hard disk, which I back up to an external drive on a weekly basis. I don't back up much of the boot disk.

Certainly something I should have is an alternate method of booting the machine. Although I know there are several...
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Dealing with file names (oddly) starting with an hyphen

Posted 11-19-2013 at 02:58 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

In a script or routine usage, you may stumble for some reason with a file starting with "-".

"ls *.lol" command in that dir will return error if the next character doesn't happen to be an option of "ls", and/or if it is an option, but the next part isn't coincidentally an "argument", which is probably unlikely.

The same applies for commands such as mv and rm.

but to deal with it you can issue something like
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Why I don't have Windows installed

Posted 11-19-2013 at 05:47 AM by Gaidal
Updated 11-19-2013 at 05:56 AM by Gaidal

I found my old blog post here and thought I'd post this as a reply to myself.

I don't understand this thing people say, that Linux has to get easier to install before people will adopt it. I installed Arch Linux the other day, it doesn't even have an installer anymore, it's just a readme file with chroot instructions. Once it's done, sound and network have always worked out of the box for me, unlike in Windows where I need to download the network driver on another computer and copy...
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Automatically locate and install required firmware packages on Debian

Posted 11-18-2013 at 05:11 PM by jere21

Code:
# isenkram
info: did not find any firmware files requested by loaded kernel modules.  exiting
... all necessary firmware already installed :-)
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