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I am a college student who is taking a sort of introductory class to Unix, Linux ( and to be honest i have been accustomed to it and like it better than widows now) and we have just covered the commands on Unix. We are now getting into shell script and we are required to write a script for a project. My main problem it is up to us to come up with an idea for it. Since I am new at this, I am not that yet familiar with it to feel comftable to come up with ideas. If you have any ideas , challenging but not involving anything to do with networking or something like that because we have not touched it or going to, it would be very very helpful
Also, I have just gotten a wireless router/ card and i am running Mandrake 9.2 should I bother looking for the driver or should I just upgrade to Mandrake 10.0?
Hard to suggest something, but shell scripting (combined with tools like grep, sed, cut, head, tail etc.) is specially useful for text-files processing, so I would suggest you come up with something exploring this.
BTW, if you're talking about bash scripting, Advanced Bash Scripting Guide is a mandatory reference (well, as the name implies, it's supposed to cover advanced aspects of bash, but I'm pretty sure you'll find it useful too).
Ive got it...write a robust script that takes the nuv files from MythTV and produces a list of the names, which comes from the MySQL database. Then the user selects a file and that file is processed through Avidemux to create a proper DVD displayable mpeg2 file that is then mplexed, run through mkdvd.pike, and finally burned to dvd using xcdroast (or growisofs). Make sure that the user can input a title name for the dvd etc. And clean up excess files when it is all done.
And get back to me when you are done. Im getting tired of doing it all myself
Or write a script that keeps track of what new files are installed on your system when you compile from source and run make install.
Or write a script that makes a back up of essential files on your computer.
When you finish it all let me know so I can collect royalties.
How about a script to rip CDs to mp3s? You could prompt the user for bitrate, which tracks to rip, etc. Of course downloading the CD info from FreeDB would be cool as well and then assigning that to the ID3 tags in the mp3s. I just completed a script to do this and with my little knowledge of shell scripting it wasn't too difficult and it's really useful to boot. Just do lots of man page reading.