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Introduction to Unix and Shell Scripting

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This afternoon workshop is targeted at users of the university's HPC clusters with limited experience in Linux/Unix. This course will briefly cover:

  • Linux/Unix shell commands
  • comparison of C-shell (tcsh) and Bourne shell (bash)
  • shell scripting (basic and advanced syntax)
  • accessing data in various formats on Unix

While shell scripting is not real programming, many practical tasks can be accomplished using shell scripts. Worked-out examples can be used as templates for similar projects.


None. This is an introductory workshop and is targeted at new users to Linux/Unix.

System Requirements

This is a bring-your-own-laptop event. Make sure that a terminal application (e.g. ssh or PuTTY) is installed. A modern web browser (on Windows preferably Firefox) is required for use of the OnDemand web portal.

Miscellaneous Details

Register Here

The registration deadline is 16 January 2024; we are limiting this workshop to 54 participants (number of classroom seats) on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration will close once the workshop is full.

NOTE: DIT reserves the right to cancel the workshop for any reason with little notice.

If you have questions or need more information about the workshop, please feel free to contact us.


Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering

Brendan Iribe Center, Room 1207


For disability accommodations, please contact Sam Porter at

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