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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Great reference

    This book is a great reference for anyone using Unix. It is always out on my desk!

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    If you work with Unix, you need this book

    This book is a great reference book. I would not be without the latest edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    Great must have book for UNIX admins

    This book is a must have tool for every UNIX admin either seasoned or new to supporting this OS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006


    Are you Unix user, programmer or system administrator? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Arnold Robbins, has written an outstanding 4th edition of a book that presents the broader state of Unix in today's world. Robbins, begins by covering Solaris 10, the latest version of the SVR4 operating system from Sun Microsystems, 'GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X. Then, he revises and reorganizes the Unix Commands in order to cover the three systems. The author continues by covering Bash, ksh93, and tcsh. In addition, he covers the popular Bash shell, along with the 1988 and 1993 versions of ksh. The author also examines the widely-used tcsh shell instead of the original Berkeley. Then, the author looks at the package management programs, which are used for the program installation on popular GNU/Linux systems. Next, he discusses GNU Emacs Version 21. Then, the author covers the vi and ex text editors. The author continues by covering GNU sed. In addition, he covers the awk programming language. The author also provides an introduction to source code management systems. Then, he looks at CVS. Next, the author discusses the Subversion version control system. Then, he focuses on GNU Make. The author continues by covering GDB debugger. Finally, he describes how to write a manual page. In particular, it's important to cover in this most excellent book, both commercial variants, and those where source code for the system and the utilities are freely available. Furthermore, the commands covered by the current POSIX standard form the core of author's presentation here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Likely the Best UNIX Reference Guide Available

    With all the various versions of UNIX around (everything from System V, BAD, BP-UNIX to Linux, Solaris and even Mac OS X), it's hard to know what commands the version you are running will support. While virtually all UNIX OS support a lot of general commands, every one has their own specific ones. Which is one big reason why UNIX In A Nutshell has always been a great reference book to have on your shelf. Many of the book's chapters have the same name as the previous edition but have been revised and redone to document all the changes since the book's previous version. The book's introduction touches briefly on 'UNIX in the 21st century' and mentions the new OS like Linux and the MAC OS. The UNIX commands chapter lists common UNIX commands that UNIX users have known to grow and love. Various UNIX shells, like bash, tcsh,and ksh. Emacs, vi & the sed editors also have their own chapters and there's also a brand new chapter about the GDB debugging tool. nroff has been relegated to one small chapter in this edition (Manpages), as new document preparation programs have rendered it next to obsolete. This book brings UNIX into the 21st century in style.

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