Ever UNIX user and programmer needs a rock-solid day-to-day reference. For years, thousands of UNIX users have relied on UNIX in a Nutshell. Now this book has been massively updated for today’s new generation of “UNIX-es,” from GNU/Linux to Mac OS X and Solaris 10. The new Fourth Edition is an outstanding single source for all you need to know now about UNIX commands, shells, editing tools, software development utilities, and a whole lot more.
Users will wear out Arnold Robbins’s huge commands section, which has been systematically revised and reorganized. Commands common to most versions of UNIX and Linux are covered first: meat-and-potatoes stuff like autoconf, cat, chmod, cp, find, finger, ftp, make, mount, ssh, tar, and so forth. All version-specific options for each command are listed with their own subheads, for fast and convenient access. Once every significant common command has been reviewed, dozens of commands unique to individual platforms are covered. For instance: cdrecord and strace for Linux; ditto and nano for OS X; encrypt and filesync for Solaris.
Robbins’s extensive coverage of UNIX shells has been reworked to cover bash, the 1993 (and 1988) versions of ksh, and tcsh instead of the original Berkeley csh. There’s an entire new chapter on package management. Robbins has thoroughly revised his coverage of editors, adding key vim commands and updating the GNU Emacs discussion through Version 21. Perhaps the most significant addition: extensive new coverage of source code management, including chapters on CVS and the newer Subversion Version Control System (SVCS). Robbins’s goal: to present “UNIX for the 21st century.” Users and programmers will agree that he’s succeeded. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only