scripting languages

Levi Pearson levipearson at
Mon Nov 8 12:29:16 MST 2010

On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> On 11/08/2010 10:21 AM, Kenneth Burgener wrote:
>> stringing several external commands is more
>> complicated (very simple in bash an Perl), but Python does have good
>> readability and vast libraries, and is becoming the popular choice.
> I used to think this as well.  Then I realized I was using Python wrong.
>  The only reason you string things together in Bash is usually because
> Bash really doesn't do much on its own.  So you'd do something like:
> ps ax | grep blah | grep -v grep | awk ' { print $1; }'

This reminds me of a clever scripting language I ran across a while
ago.  It's scsh, the Scheme Shell.  It's a variant of Scheme that is
modified to make it very simple to execute processes and plug their
input/ouput into other processes.  Of course, the parenthesized prefix
syntax make it a non-starter for a lot of people these days, but I
think the core ideas could be ported to something like Ruby and make a
scripting language that would be awesome for unix system automation.
Here's the manual, for anyone interested:

The Acknowledgements section on the linked page is worth reading even
if you're not interested in the program itself, by the way.


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