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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 ...
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.
Posted March 27, 2010
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!
Posted September 14, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.