AIX Advanced Shell Programming Tools

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This course is designed to give delegates practical experience using a range of AIX tools to manipulate text and incorporate them into AIX shell scripts. It will benefit programmers, developers and system administrators who need to construct shell scripts using advanced text handling facilities.

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Review of Shell Fundamentals (1 topic)

  • Review of AIX Commands

Using Unix Shells (6 topics)

  • Command line history and editing
  • The Korn and POSIX shells
  • The Bash shell
  • Command aliasing
  • The shell startup file
  • Shell environment variables

Redirection, Pipes and Filters (7 topics)

  • Standard I/O and redirection
  • Pipes
  • Command separation
  • Conditional execution
  • Grouping Commands
  • UNIX filters
  • The tee command

Backup and Restore Utilities (4 topics)

  • Archive devices
  • The cpio command
  • The tar command
  • The dd command

Background Job Scheduling (6 topics)

  • Starting background jobs
  • Background tasks and the nohup command
  • Process priorities and the nice command
  • Job control
  • Scheduling jobs with the at command
  • Scheduling jobs with the cron command

Regular Expression Notation (2 topics)

  • Regular expressions
  • Extended regular expressions

Searching Files for Patterns (4 topics)

  • The grep family of commands
  • The grep command
  • The fgrep command
  • The egrep command

The Stream Editor - sed (8 topics)

  • Introduction and command line syntax
  • The sed program structure
  • sed program processing
  • Use sed commands
  • sed addresses
  • sed instructions
  • Hold and get functions
  • Advanced flow control

Commands for Comparing Files (4 topics)

  • Compare two files with the cmp command
  • Compare two files with the comm command
  • Compare two files with the diff and sdiff commands
  • Compare large files with the bdiff command

File Manipulation Commands (5 topics)

  • The head and tail commands
  • The cut command
  • The paste command
  • The pr command
  • The split and csplit commands

Identify and Translate Characters (4 topics)

  • od - octal dump
  • Use cat to display non-printing characters
  • The expand and unexpand commands
  • The tr command

Sorting Files (4 topics)

  • The sort command
  • Specify sort keys with -k
  • Sort by column positions
  • The uniq command

Introduction to the Pattern Utility - awk (12 topics)

  • Introduction and command line syntax
  • The awk program structure
  • Use regular expressions
  • Operators
  • Simple patterns
  • Extended patterns
  • Comments
  • Special patterns (BEGIN and END)
  • Program variables
  • Mathematical operators
  • Enhanced printing
  • Handling user variables

awk Program Control Structures (6 topics)

  • Program control structures
  • The if construct
  • The while and do ... while constructs
  • The basic for construct
  • Associative array handling
  • Functions


The course assumes knowledge of the AIX Operating System to the level covered in the AIX Basics Course. Some shell programming experience to the level covered in AIX Shell Programming is also necessary.

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The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor .

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