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huracan10033 05-26-2011 11:02 AM

Which scripting language to learn for Linux Administration
Which scripting language to learn for Linux Administration? Python, Ruby, Perl, or PHP?


mesiol 05-26-2011 11:27 AM


primary is use ksh, perl and python for my job. Some knowledge of C is definitely a plus.

dugan 05-26-2011 11:46 AM

The most important scripting language for Linux administration is BASH

mesiol 05-26-2011 06:06 PM


i agree with dugan that bash is definitely the Linux standard shell. But in case you require your script running on different *nix OS i would prefer ksh which is available on any *nix and on Linux.

anomie 05-26-2011 08:11 PM

Mostly agree with the previous two posters, but IMO for portability script in Bourne shell.

trey85stang 05-27-2011 09:10 PM

bash sed awk, be sure to learn how regular expressions work and how to use them. When you get those three down any other language is trivial to write in with a refrence manual beside you.

As for bash vs ksh, the two are close enough for a beginner to start with either. There are small differences between the two and.knowing those difference will never hurt.

XavierP 05-28-2011 09:40 AM

Moved to Programming.

theNbomr 05-29-2011 10:15 AM

You are going to need to know some level of bash scripting, for sure. After that, almost any of the ones you listed are probably equally useful. Your choice should probably be dictated by existing work. If you have to maintain code written by someone else or vice versa, it is obvious that you will need to know something about the language used. In previous years it would be hard to go far wrong with Perl, but if you're starting from a greenfield setting, Python might be a better choice.
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