Getting started with Shell Scripts

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Getting started with Shell Scripts

Shell script is a collection of Linux commands saved together in a file and executed one after another.

Check out some useful commands you need to know. Below is a simple shell script that resets the previous terminal screen and prints “Hello World”.

Start your Linux terminal or guake terminal and type the command nano
Type the following commands in the nano editor.

Press Ctrl+x to return, then press y to save and exit.

#!/bin/bash – A script may specify #!/bin/bash on the first line, meaning that the script should always be run with bash, rather than another shell.
reset – Resets the previous commands.
echo – Displays the output.


Next go to the path where you have kept the bash file. Mine is in Documents.


Type ll to view the files in Documents folder along with their permissions.


The bash file needs executable permission which is not given in this case. So give them executable permissions.

sudo – It is root user. You can avoid it if you are logged in as root user.
chmod – Change the file permissions.
a+x – All user groups should have rights to execute the file. If you don’t want others to access it then you can change it.


Now you can execute the script using ./{filename} and prints the output.