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Shell Scripting for Newbies 01

bardiniaz profile image Augusto Zanella Bardini Updated on ・2 min read

Let's suppose you want to check your any linux system stats, you might probably use commands such as w, date, or df. That means you need to write three commands and check their results, one by one... Not the funniest hobby!

That's where shell scripting arrives: lets automatize tasks, and a little more...

Hello Mars

To start, let's just create an hellomars.sh file. Do this by typing in your terminal:

touch hellomars.sh

Then, use vim your finest editor to edit this file and have some lack of fun creating your first Hello Mars script!

echo "Hello Mars!"

Once created, give this file permission to be executed and execute the file itself by typing:

chmod +x hellomars.sh

As you may have noticed, echo is the command to write something as output. The #/bin/bash is used to tell linux which interpreter it must use (there are plenty of them, sh, bash, dash...). The output of the script might be as follows:

Hello Mars!

One after the other

Now that you know how to write something in the screen, lets write something relevant. Putting all those first commands together, you can make another file such, let's call it mysystem.sh:

echo "Aliens using this computer:"
echo "What year am I?"
echo "Is there any computer left?"
df -h
  • tip: -h flag turns df a little more human readable.

By running this script, the output must be something as shown below:

Aliens using this computer:
 22:13:13 up  1:54,  1 user,  load average: 0,55, 0,56, 0,60
USER     TTY      FROM             LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT
bardini  tty7     :0               20:22    1:54m  2:28   0.60s /sbin/upstart --user
What year am I?
Ter Jul 17 22:13:13 -03 2018
Is there any computer left?
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev            2,9G     0  2,9G   0% /dev
tmpfs           586M   17M  570M   3% /run
/dev/sda1       105G   33G   67G  33% /
tmpfs           2,9G   31M  2,9G   2% /dev/shm
tmpfs           5,0M  4,0K  5,0M   1% /run/lock

People might not understand the functions you are using in your script, so comment it using hashtags:

#This shows users in this computer
echo "Aliens using this computer:"

#This shows the date and time of this computer
echo "What year am I?"

#This shows the disk usage of the computer
echo "Is there any computer left?"
df -h


You can find all my scripts in my github!

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bharukarupesh profile image

Hi Everyone,
I have a small requirement i.e. I have yaml file and I want to replace the value of it's property using shell script.

I have seen lot of people have suggested "sed" command but that's a one time solution, What if I want to change the value later on as well...

is it possible using shell script?

Any help is really appreciated...!