My favorite Bash resources
Bash is everywhere and I write a stupid amount of it for that very reason. It’s pretty hard to write good Bash. Here are some resources I’ve used to try and level up my code.
My two favorite resources lately are the pure-bash-bible and neofetch, both by @dylanaraps.
I think the pure Bash bible was a side project that resulted from Neofetch.
The reason I like to refer to these projects is that Dylan has pretty much covered everything you’d ever want to do in Bash and Linux.
Neofetch is a CLI tool that reports back information about *nix systems; like your CPU count/speed, RAM amount, disk usage, etc. It works on just about every Linux there is as far as I can tell. So if you ever find yourself looking to query free RAM on macOS and Linux, neofetch already figured it out for you. Funny enough, I don’t actually use it on any of my computers. But, I’ve referred to it many times over the years to see how to find information on a server.
The pure-bash-bible is helpful for Bash syntax and generally doing things that would normally require you to use an external program. I’ve found this doesn’t really matter a ton in practice, since most POSIX systems end up with the same utilities. It can be handy if you’re targeting macOS/BSD and Linux/GNU where some utilities work differently.
Finally, I can’t mention Bash resources and not preach about ShellCheck.
This tool helps you find bugs and follow best practices in your shell scripts.
Things like quoting variables or using
= when you meant
-eq get called
out. There are a variety of plugins available for various
(like vim-shellcheck by some dude named Josh).
I use ShellCheck for every Bash script I write now, and I force it on every person I see writing Bash code. Seriously, do yourself a favor and use it.