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Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, 2nd Edition by Brandon Perry, Dave Taylor

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7WEB AND INTERNET USERS

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One area where Unix really shines is the internet. Whether you want to run a fast server from under your desk or simply surf the web intelligently and efficiently, there’s little you can’t embed in a shell script when it comes to internet interaction.

Internet tools are scriptable, even though you might never have thought of them that way. For example, FTP, a program that is perpetually trapped in debug mode, can be scripted in some very interesting ways, as is explored in Script #53 on page 174. Shell scripting can often improve the performance and output of most command line utilities that work with some facet of the ...

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