UNIX Power Tools

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 326,236
  • 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
  • Preface
  • 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


  • Glossary
  • Colophon

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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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