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Exercises


1.

Explain the following unexpected result:

$ whereis date date: /bin/date ... $ echo $PATH .:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin $ cat > date echo "This is my own version of date." $ date Tue May 24 11:45:49 PDT 2005


2.

What are two ways you can execute a shell script when you do not have execute access permission for the file containing the script? Can you execute a shell script if you do not have read access permission for the file containing the script?

3.

What is the purpose of the PATH variable?

  1. Set the PATH variable so that it causes the shell to search the following directories in order:

    • /usr/local/bin

    • /usr/bin

    • /bin

    • /usr/kerberos/bin

    • The bin directory in your home directory

    • The working directory

  2. If there is a file named doit in /usr/bin and another file with the same name in your ~/bin, which one will be executed? (Assume that you have execute permission for both files.)

  3. If your PATH variable is not set to search the working directory, how can you execute a program located there?

  4. Which command can you use to add the directory /usr/games to the end of the list of directories in PATH?

4.

Assume that you have made the following assignment:

$ person=jenny


Give the output of each of the following commands:

  1. echo $person

  2. echo '$person'

  3. echo "$person"

5.

The following shell script adds entries to a file named journal-file in your home directory. This script helps you keep track of phone conversations and meetings.

$ cat journal # journal: add journal entries to the file # $HOME/journal-file file=$HOME/journal-file date >> $file echo -n "Enter name of person or group: " read name echo "$name" >> $file echo >> $file cat >> $file echo "----------------------------------------------------" >> $file echo >> $file


  1. What do you have to do to the script to be able to execute it?

  2. Why does the script use the read builtin (page 927) the first time it accepts input from the terminal and the cat utility the second time?

6.

Assume that the /home/jenny/grants/biblios and /home/jenny/biblios directories exist. Give Jenny's working directory after she executes each sequence of commands given. Explain what happens in each case.

  1. $ pwd /home/jenny/grants $ CDPATH=$(pwd) $ cd $ cd biblios

  2. $ pwd /home/jenny/grants $ CDPATH=$(pwd) $ cd $HOME/biblios

7.

Name two ways you can identify the PID number of your login shell.

8.

Give the following command:

$ sleep 30 | cat /etc/inittab


Is there any output from sleep? Where does cat get its input from? What has to happen before the shell displays another prompt?






A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux
A Practical Guide to Red HatВ® LinuxВ®: Fedoraв„ў Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (3rd Edition)
ISBN: 0132280272
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 383
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