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Using Variables in a Bash Backup Script

Bash scripting is an invaluable skill for a Linux system administrator. From writing quick scripts that automate simple tasks to writing complex scripts than can automatically deploy entirely new servers, scripting skills are integral to being a good SysAdmin. In this lab, we'll integrate bash variables into an existing backup script.

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Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Jan 29, 2021

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  1. Challenge

    Modify the Backup Script to Use Variables That Would Allow Other Users to Successfully Run the Script

    Ensure that any references to "cloud_user" are replaced by a variable that will reference the username of the user running the script.

  2. Challenge

    Run the Script in Each User's Home Directory to Ensure That It Works

    Mark the script as executable and run it, then verify that all files are backed up to the required directory.

  3. Challenge

    Add a Parameter to Determine the Name of the Log File

    Add a variable for the log file that will be populated by a parameter passed on the command line.

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