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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    A Reference?? Not by my definition...

    I bought this book to have a quick reference to Linux commands since I am an 'occasional' Linux administrator. The book looked like it would be helpful when I browsed through it, but when I put it to use, I was really disappointed. There are significant typographical errors, inconsistencies, and omissions in this book. For example, Chapter 2 is a lookup table of 'If you want to do this... use this command'. I needed to mount a cd-rom drive, so I looked under 'mount a disk'. I was referred to the 'mount' command... which isn't even listed in the command reference section! The same scenario existed when I looked up how to format a floppy disk. The referenced command (fdformat) is not listed in the command reference section. Also, in the command reference section, the format for every command is stated to include an example command line. There seem to be very few examples. An example of the inconsistencies I found relates to the grep and fgrep commands. In a note under fgrep, fgrep is described as performing the same function as the 'grep -F string' command. But there is no '-F' option even listed under the grep command. I could go on with other examples, but I will not bore you. Suffice it to say, I was extremely unimpressed with this book, and I would NOT recommend this book to anyone.

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