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What is Mac shell scripting?

Shell scripts are text documents containing one or more UNIX commands. Shell scripts are mostly used when there is a need to run a long list of computer commands in one go. Scripts are useful when it comes to important functions like automating tasks based on patterns and extracting information from a data set. Although shell scripts are usually written and executed on Linux devices, they work very easily on Mac systems. The reason is that Mac systems are UNIX-based.

Shell scripting can be done on Mac devices with the help of two apps: a text editor and Terminal. The script must be typed out and saved as a text document, which necessitates the use of a text editor.

The Terminal is a Command Line Interface designed for Mac. Terminal lets users instruct their Mac what to do using commands. Shell scripts can be used for a variety of tasks, including renaming files, deleting files, shutting down devices, and modifying device configurations. The Terminal is a potent tool and has to be used with utmost care. Shell scripting can also be used to automate repetitive tasks.

With the help of UEMs like Hexnode, it is now possible to run scripts remotely on Mac systems. Using the UEM consoles, custom scripts can be pushed and executed on devices without manually accessing the device. UEMs make remote execution of scripts on several devices a simple task.