Linux hot take: bash bashing 

Linux hot take: bash bashing 

re: Linux hot take: bash bashing 

@woozle Bash is (at least) two things:

1. An interactive command environment.

2. A scripting tool.

The *benefit* of combining these features is that _what you use daily to interact with the system_ is *also* what you can use _for basic system automation tasks_.

In fact you can segue from one to the other through "shell one-liners" and the like. As a consequence, bash is the one programming tool I know best, _simply from daily familiarity_.

The combination also forces compromises.

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@woozle For a very minor bit of up-front setup, you gain the ability to repeat a process tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, ... of times. Monotonously, until completion.

With highly predictable, testable, behaviour.

That's been especially useful to me over the years.

Keep in mind that globs expand *onto the commandline buffer*, which is itself a limited resource (how limited depends on the shell and OS).

Loops ... not so much.

Reading my G+ takeout is a case in point.

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