I use templates for most of the things I write, so I don't end
the same stupid off-by-one mistakes for things like handling
arguments. My template for a production shell script is below.
You raise a lot of interesting ideas Karl. I too am always looking to
'systematize' work, not only because I need efficiency, but because I
hate having to learn things twice... Nothing bugs me more than
knowing that I need to figure out how to do something I figured out 6
months or a year ago.
Actually, I highly recommend a Mac program called Yojimbo, that is a
kind of general purpose memory tool. You can throw all sorts of
information into it, and find it very easily when you need it.
Fantastic program and I don't know of anything like it on other
Anyway, I'm definitely going to throw your entire email, particularly
the template, into Yojimbo as saved knowledge. I am working on an
important script right now, and I'm going to put your template to
I'll also take a look at the korn shell. I've used bash for many
years, but I'm not in love with it. I'm certainly open to a better
Great post. Thanks!
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