The Unix Shell

James Cook University

August 23rd, 2021

9:00am - 5:00pm

Instructors: Stefano Montanari

Helpers: Daniel Baird

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General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: August 23rd, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: There are no specific requirements for this workshop. Participants will be provided with access to a university computer with required software pre-installed

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Before Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Introducing the shell
09:30 Navigating files and directories
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Working with files and directories
11:30 Pipes and filters
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Loops
14:30 Shell scripts
15:15 Afternoon break
15:30 Finding things
16:30 Wrap-up
16:45 Post-workshop Survey
17:00 END


The Unix Shell

  • Files and Directories
  • History and Tab Completion
  • Pipes and Redirection
  • Looping Over Files
  • Creating and Running Shell Scripts
  • Finding Things
  • Reference...


This workshop will be held in a training lab with pre-configured Mac computers provided. There is no need for you to set anything up beforehand.