[CentOS] looking for cool, post-install things to do on a centos 5.5 system

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Sep 17 11:02:18 EDT 2010


On Fri, 17 Sep 2010, Les Mikesell wrote:

> On 9/17/2010 8:24 AM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> >
> >> Proper scripting abilities are perhaps beyond reach for a short
> >> course, but you could at least show off some one-liners or those
> >> short, stunningly useful examples to help them get the idea that
> >> they definitely should get their feet wet on it sooner or later.
> >
> > awk, awk! Perl's a day, minimum, by itself, but awk you can do in
> > an hour or two, and have immediate results.
>
> But awk is a dead end that can't do a lot of things by itself.  And
> learning how to embed awk into other scripts is even more
> syntactically obscure than just using perl in the first place.
> Besides, perl's '-c' check and debug facilities make it much more
> usable to beginners than awk's propensity to find errors mid-run
> (and worse, mid-some-other-script because you had to embed it).

  i will probably throw in an hour or so of shell scripting, just
enough to whet their appetites and make them want an actual course.
:-)

rday

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