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    Senior Member filburt1's Avatar
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    If you've used Windows you probably know about batch (.bat) files. They are text files that contain a series of commands executed by the command interpreter. For example this batch file will display the contents of autoexec.bat after first clearing the screen:
    type c:\autoexec.bat
    Here's how you can write the equivalent of a batch file on Unix, which is what most hosts run. This script dumps the database "mydb" to the file "dump.sql":
    mysqldump --opt -uusername -ppassword mydb > dump.sql
    Then instead of remembering the whole command you can just execute the script.

    So do to everything:
    1. SSH/Telnet into your host
    2. Switch to your home directory (cd ~/) if you're not already there
    3. Type pico scriptfilename
    4. Type the following:
    command you want to run
    next command you want to run
    5. Press Ctrl-X and Enter twice to save the file and exit.
    6. Type chmod +x scriptfilename

    Now whenever you want to run the script, just switch to your home directory and type ./scriptfilename! You don't even have to switch to your home directory; you can also type ~/scriptfilename.

    A simple tutorial that I bet a few people knew about before, but useful nonetheless.
    filburt1, Web Design founder
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