UNIX Power Tools


With the growing popularity of Linux and the advent of Darwin, Unix has metamorphosed into something new and exciting. No longer perceived as a difficult operating system, more and more users are discovering the advantages of Unix for the first time. But whether you are a newcomer or a Unix power user, you'll find yourself thumbing through the goldmine of information in the new edition of Unix Power Tools to add to your store of knowledge. Want to try something new? Check this book first, and you're sure to find ...

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With the growing popularity of Linux and the advent of Darwin, Unix has metamorphosed into something new and exciting. No longer perceived as a difficult operating system, more and more users are discovering the advantages of Unix for the first time. But whether you are a newcomer or a Unix power user, you'll find yourself thumbing through the goldmine of information in the new edition of Unix Power Tools to add to your store of knowledge. Want to try something new? Check this book first, and you're sure to find a tip or trick that will prevent you from learning things the hard way.The latest edition of this best-selling favorite is loaded with advice about almost every aspect of Unix, covering all the new technologies that users need to know. In addition to vital information on Linux, Darwin, and BSD, Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition now offers more coverage of bash, zsh, and other new shells, along with discussions about modern utilities and applications. Several sections focus on security and Internet access. And there is a new chapter on access to Unix from Windows, addressing the heterogeneous nature of systems today. You'll also find expanded coverage of software installation and packaging, as well as basic information on Perl and Python.Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition is a browser's book...like a magazine that you don't read from start to finish, but leaf through repeatedly until you realize that you've read it all. Bursting with cross-references, interesting sidebars explore syntax or point out other directions for exploration, including relevant technical details that might not be immediately apparent. The book includes articles abstracted from other O'Reilly books, new information that highlights program tricks and gotchas, tips posted to the Net over the years, and other accumulated wisdom.Affectionately referred to by readers as "the" Unix book, UNIX Power Tools provides access to information every Unix user is going to need to know. It will help you think creatively about UNIX, and will help you get to the point where you can analyze your own problems. Your own solutions won't be far behind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596003302
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: 3rd Updated, Expanded Eed.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1156
  • Sales rank: 747,186
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

is a long time user of the Unix operating system. He has acted as a Unix consultant, courseware developer, and instructor. He is one of the originating authors of Unix Power Tools and the author of Learning the Unix Operating System by O'Reilly.

Shelley Powers is an independent contractor, currently living in St. Louis, who specializes in technology architecture and software development. She's authored several computer books, including Developing ASP Components, Unix Power Tools 3rd edition, Essential Blogging, and Practical RDF. In addition, Shelley has also written several articles related primarily to web technology, many for O'Reilly. Shelley's web site network is at http://burningbird.net, and her weblog is Burningbird, at http://weblog.burningbird.net.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book


Part I: Basic Unix Environment

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Getting Help

Part II: Customizing Your Environment

Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Unix Shell

Chapter 4: Interacting with Your Environment

Chapter 5: Getting the Most out of Terminals, xterm, and X Windows

Chapter 6: Your X Environment

Part III: Working with Files and Directories

Chapter 7: Directory Organization

Chapter 8: Directories and Files

Chapter 9: Finding Files with find

Chapter 10: Linking, Renaming, and Copying Files

Chapter 11: Comparing Files

Chapter 12: Showing What's in a File

Chapter 13: Searching Through Files

Chapter 14: Removing Files

Chapter 15: Optimizing Disk Space

Part IV: Basic Editing

Chapter 16: Spell Checking, Word Counting, and Textual Analysis

Chapter 17: vi Tips and Tricks

Chapter 18: Creating Custom Commands in vi

Chapter 19: GNU Emacs

Chapter 20: Batch Editing

Chapter 21: You Can't Quite Call This Editing

Chapter 22: Sorting

Part V: Processes and the Kernel

Chapter 23: Job Control

Chapter 24: Starting, Stopping, and Killing Processes

Chapter 25: Delayed Execution

Chapter 26: System Performance and Profiling

Part VI: Scripting

Chapter 27: Shell Interpretation

Chapter 28: Saving Time on the Command Line

Chapter 29: Custom Commands

Chapter 30: The Use of History

Chapter 31: Moving Around in a Hurry

Chapter 32: Regular Expressions (Pattern Matching)

Chapter 33: Wildcards

Chapter 34: The sed Stream Editor

Chapter 35: Shell Programming for the Uninitiated

Chapter 36: Shell Programming for the Initiated

Chapter 37: Shell Script Debugging and Gotchas

Part VII: Extending and Managing Your Environment

Chapter 38: Backing Up Files

Chapter 39: Creating and Reading Archives

Chapter 40: Software Installation

Chapter 41: Perl

Chapter 42: Python

Part VIII: Communication and Connectivity

Chapter 43: Redirecting Input and Output

Chapter 44: Devices

Chapter 45: Printing

Chapter 46: Connectivity

Chapter 47: Connecting to MS Windows

Part IX: Security

Chapter 48: Security Basics

Chapter 49: Root, Group, and User Management

Chapter 50: File Security, Ownership, and Sharing

Chapter 51: SSH



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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    If you have more than a nodding acquaintance with Unix, but get to use it rather infrequently (so that you forget the tricks for getting things done), this is the book for you.

    I bought this book because I occasionally use the command line in Mac OS X to accomplish some unusual task that is not covered by any of the mouse-and-window applications. Retired now, I worked for years in Unix environments, but it has been a long time, and I am rusty. This text is almost perfect for me, in that it provides a very comprehensive reference organized according to what you are trying to accomplish (in contrast with man pages).

    If you are still learning how to make effective use of the Unix pipes-and-filters model, you want a more basic text than this. And if you do not have access to a good set of man pages for your brand of Unix, this text won't supply that either. But if you fit it's niche, this book is GREAT. There were a few places where I could have used a couple more examples, and a few places where the gap between the text and the (sometimes cryptic) OS X man pages took some head scratching, but all that was minor compared to the tremendous amount of clearly explained reference material provided. I am delighted to have this book on my reference shelf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Definitive UNIX 'Reference'

    With all the books available about UNIX, this headline might seem a bit brash but I have yet to see another book that describes so many different 'tricks' you can do with UNIX. Part 'UNIX general almanac,' part reference, part 'helpful tips,' this is a book you can refer to over and over when looking for a particular trick or command to use in a specific situation. While a general understanding of UNIX can be easily learned, it at the same time can also be a very powerful system for doing what you'd really like it to do for you. Once you learn how to 'harness' this power, you as a user or programmer can have lots of 'fun' with it. This book of course is huge (over 1000 pages) and as such is not really something to read through over a few weeks' time. There are specific topics you can 'jump' to which then refer you to other related topics in the book. For example, I love Vi, which some people may think is crazy, but I like it for its various features. The book contains a couple chapters of 'Vi tricks' to try out. I also happen to like Emacs, a UNIX screen editor and I found a chapter devoted to that as well. Other topics you can learn 'new tricks' about are your shell environment, file management and moving around to different files and directories, the UNIX kernel, scripting, and security issues. This book covers so much information, you could spend literally hours, even days learning about everything in this book. I found this book to be an excellent resource.

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