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An Alternative to Perl: Shell Scripting With PHP

Who says you have to use Perl to shell script? Jayesh definetly doesn't, and in this article he will show you how to shell script with PHP instead!

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By: Jayesh Jain
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October 29, 2002
  1. · An Alternative to Perl: Shell Scripting With PHP
  2. · What are PHP Shell Scripts?
  3. · Using Arguments in Scripts
  4. · Conclusion

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An Alternative to Perl: Shell Scripting With PHP - Conclusion
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Hopefully this article has shown you that PHP can quite easily be used for shell scripting on both Windows and Linux web servers. If you were running Perl scripts, then you now have the basic knowledge to convert them to PHP and run them from the command line.

Remember that you are not limited to basic echo statements from the command line. You can access databases from your shell scripts, send emails, creates complex applications or do whatever you would normally do in a browser-based PHP script, except output and render HTML of course.

There is a tremendous scope for the use of PHP scripts and maybe someday PHP scripts will replace Perl scripts on the command line.
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