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Linux Shell Scripting

Course Code: GL375
Length: 2 days

Schedule and Registration

Course Description

The GL375 is designed to provide the skills necessary to automate tasks on a Unix or Linux system. Systems Administrators and Developers alike can avoid errors, save time and money by replacing repetitive work patterns with shell scripts.

Care has been taken to present the GL375 in a format that benefits all students, with or without previous programming experience. We believe that the best way to learn shell scripting is by writing shell scripts. For this reason, lab time is emphasized. Early labs present the scripting process step by step, while later labs are presented in a challenge format. While official solutions to each lab task are provided, students are encouraged to create their own before examining the solution. In this way, more experienced students are challenged without overwhelming the less experienced.


Solid understanding of Unix-based systems, proficiency on the Unix or Linux command line and experienced in the use of an editor.

Supported Distributions

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the Shell
  • Shell Scripting Basics
  • Working with Files
  • Regular Expressions
  • Branching and Looping
  • Data Munging
  • Security, Whitespace and Other Gotchas