I used this as my primary guide, I am still going through it, but that and some youtube videos so far gave me what I needed to build this script.
# nmap ping scan
# used to ping a subnet
namp -sP 192.168.1.0/24 > /pentest/results/scans/pingscan.txt && echo scan complete.
fairly simple, but useful I hope in future studies... >:) One thing I wanted to do, not sure if it's possible, but originally, I wanted "scanning..." or something to that effect to be displayed while the command was running, and then "scan complete" at the end. Can that be done without adding too much complexity?
Also, many of the examples I saw used quotation marks around statements that were to be echoed. Based on what I found, quotes are used for variables or something to that effect, can someone explain them to me, and when they should/should not be used?