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The GNU Bash Reference Manual (revised for version 3.2)

by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox

Paperback (6"x9"), 204 pages. Revised October 2006.. Out of print - copies may still be available from some bookstores.
Retail Price: $29.95 (£19.95 in UK)
ISBN: 0-9541617-7-7 (ISBN-13: 978-0-9541617-7-4)


This book has received a top-rated review in Linux User and Developer Magazine:
"An essential resource .... the most detailed coverage available for all aspects of Bash" --- Linux User and Developer Magazine (Issue 37, Mar 2004)

About the Book

This manual is the definitive reference for GNU Bash, the standard GNU command-line interpreter. It covers Bash version 3.2 (revised printing November 2006).

GNU Bash is a complete implementation of the POSIX.2 Bourne shell specification (/bin/sh), with additional features from the C-shell (csh) and Korn shell (ksh).

The authors of this manual, Chet Ramey and Brian Fox, are the original developers of GNU Bash.

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For each copy of this manual sold, $1 is donated to the Free Software Foundation.

As of September 2013 the total amount donated to FSF is $4,529 from the sale of this and other books.

This book is published under the GNU Free Documentation License.


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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Basic Shell Features
  4. Shell Builtin Commands
  5. Shell Variables
  6. Bash Features
  7. Job Control
  8. Using History Interactively
  9. Command Line Editing
  10. Installing Bash
  11. Reporting Bugs
  12. Major Differences From The Bourne Shell
  13. Builtin Index
  14. Reserved Word Index
  15. Variable Index
  16. Function Index
  17. Concept Index