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Unix Shell Advanced Training courses March 17 and 20

Unix Shell Advanced Courses 17th and 20th of March 2020, 10.15-14.00, Delta #2005

Advanced computing power is hidden away in clouds/cluster/supercomputers that you do not have click and point access. As a general rule these high performance computer resources use Linux operating systems and are accessible only by a shell terminal.

This course is aimed to streamline your skills in Linux and terminal environment. We will teach you how to make your life easier by creating maintainable and flexible bash scripts for your commonly used workflows or SLURM jobs.


  • Learn how to iterate operations over many input files with bash loops and conditions.
  • Learn how to combine complicated command line based workflows into maintainable bash scripts.
  • Add additional useful utility functions and tools to your toolbox.

Expected prior knowledge:
Experience in using the basic commands covered in the Basics course (e.g. cd, ls, mkdir, mv, cp, head, cat, find, less, pwd).

Lecture venue is computer class with linux computers. In case you bring your own Windows laptop, please make sure to install Putty application ( beforehand.


Application is open at

March 17, 2020

March 20, 2020

Auditorium 2005 (the Linux classroom)
UT Delta Centre
Narva mnt 18
51009 Tartu

Software carpentry 17.-18.01.2019

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: Seminar room Kodavere, University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1), Tartu. 

When: Jan 17-18, 2019. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.


The Unix Shell

  • Files and directories
  • History and tab completion
  • Pipes and redirection
  • Looping over files
  • Creating and running shell scripts
  • Finding things
  • Reference...

Programming in Python

  • Using libraries
  • Working with arrays
  • Reading and plotting data
  • Creating and using functions
  • Loops and conditionals
  • Defensive programming
  • Using Python from the command line
  • Reference...

Version Control with Git

  • Creating a repository
  • Recording changes to files: addcommit, ...
  • Viewing changes: statusdiff, ...
  • Ignoring files
  • Working on the web: clonepullpush, ...
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Open licenses
  • Where to host work, and why
  • Reference...

Contact: Please email for more information.

See for more information.

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