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Other Scripting Languages

There are many other programs which read a file of commands and carry out a sequence of actions. The "#!/path/to/program" convention allows any of them to be used as a scripting language to create new commands. Some are highly specialized, and some are much more efficient than the equivalent shell scripts at certain tasks. There is never only one way to perform a function, and often the choice comes down to factors like: Some major players (all of these are freely available) in the general purpose scripting languages are:

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