UNIX in a Nutshell

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As an open operating system, Unix can be improved on by anyone and everyone: individuals, companies, universities, and more. As a result, the very nature of Unix has been altered over the years by numerous extensions formulated in an assortment of versions. Today, Unix encompasses everything from Sun's Solaris to Apple's Mac OS X and more varieties of Linux than you can easily name.

The latest edition of this bestselling reference brings Unix into the 21st century. It's been ...

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Overview

As an open operating system, Unix can be improved on by anyone and everyone: individuals, companies, universities, and more. As a result, the very nature of Unix has been altered over the years by numerous extensions formulated in an assortment of versions. Today, Unix encompasses everything from Sun's Solaris to Apple's Mac OS X and more varieties of Linux than you can easily name.

The latest edition of this bestselling reference brings Unix into the 21st century. It's been reworked to keep current with the broader state of Unix in today's world and highlight the strengths of this operating system in all its various flavors.

Detailing all Unix commands and options, the informative guide provides generous descriptions and examples that put those commands in context. Here are some of the new features you'll find in Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition:

  • Solaris 10, the latest version of the SVR4-based operating system, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X
  • Bash shell (along with the 1988 and 1993 versions of ksh)
  • tsch shell (instead of the original Berkeley csh)
  • Package management programs, used for program installation on popular GNU/Linux systems, Solaris and Mac OS X
  • GNU Emacs Version 21
  • Introduction to source code management systems
  • Concurrent versions system
  • Subversion version control system
  • GDB debugger

As Unix has progressed, certain commands that were once critical have fallen into disuse. To that end, the book has also dropped material that is no longer relevant, keeping it taut and current.

If you're a Unix user or programmer, you'll recognize the value of this complete, up-to-date Unix reference. With chapter overviews, specific examples, and detailed command.

The latest edition of this bestselling reference brings UNIX into the 21st century. It's been reworked to keep current with the broader state of UNIX in today's world and to highlight the strengths of this operating system in all its various flavors.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100292
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 908
  • Sales rank: 273,870
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of "Learning the vi Editor" from O'Reilly.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Part I: Commands and Shells

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Unix Commands

Chapter 3: The Unix Shell: An Overview

Chapter 4: The Bash and Korn Shells

Chapter 5: tcsh: An Extended C Shell

Chapter 6: Package Management

Part II: Text Editing and Processing

Chapter 7: Pattern Matching

Chapter 8: The Emacs Editor

Chapter 9: The vi, ex, and vim Editors

Chapter 10: The sed Editor

Chapter 11: The awk Programming Language

Part III: Software Development

Chapter 12: Source Code Management: An Overview

Chapter 13: The Revision Control System

Chapter 14: The Concurrent Versions System

Chapter 15: The Subversion Version Control System

Chapter 16: The GNU make Utility

Chapter 17: The GDB Debugger

Chapter 18: Writing Manual Pages

Part IV: References

Appendix A: ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) Character Set

Appendix B: Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    Critical library component, bad implementation in eBook

    Well,
    I love having the nook book option available to me, and I have had a physical copy of "UNIX in a Nutshell" for over 15 years. I was away from the office and needed the reference, and also thought it was time to get an updated copy anyhow. I chose to get the eBook version since it would be with me wherever I was.
    Unfortunately, this implementation is suffering from terrible formatting on both my Nook reader for iPad and Nook. Many of the tables, including the particular one I needed to reference right away, format poorly and cut off or obscure critical information.
    This was quite pricey as eBooks go as well, I am very very dissapointed and will probably end up having to get an updated physical copy as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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

    DE FACTO UNIX

    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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