Unix Power Tools

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Ideal for UNIX users who hunger for technical—yet accessible—information,UNIX Power Tools consists of tips, tricks, concepts, and freeware (CD-ROM included). It also covers add-on utilities and how to take advantage of clever features in the most popular UNIX utilities.This 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. The book is structured so that it bursts at the seams with cross references. Interesting ...

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Ideal for UNIX users who hunger for technical—yet accessible—information,UNIX Power Tools consists of tips, tricks, concepts, and freeware (CD-ROM included). It also covers add-on utilities and how to take advantage of clever features in the most popular UNIX utilities.This 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. The book is structured so that it bursts at the seams with cross references. Interesting "sidebars" explore syntax or point out other directions for exploration, including relevant technical details that might not be immediately apparent. You'll find articles abstracted from O'Reilly Nutshell Handbooks®, new information that highlights program "tricks" and "gotchas," tips posted to the Net over the years, and other accumulated wisdom.The 55 chapters in this book discuss topics like file management, text editors, shell programming—even office automation. Overall, there's plenty of material here to satisfy even the most voracious appetites. The bottom line? UNIX Power Tools is loaded with practical advice about almost every aspect of UNIX. 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.The CD-ROM includes all of the scripts and aliases from the book, plusperl, GNU emacs, pbmplus (manipulation utilities), ispell,screen, the sc spreadsheet, and about 60 other freeware programs. In addition to the source code, all the software is precompiled for Sun3, Sun4, DECstation, IBM RS/6000, HP 9000 (700 series), SCO Xenix, and SCO UNIX. (SCO UNIX binaries will likely also run on other Intel UNIX platforms, including Univel's new UNIXware.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780679790730
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/13/1993
  • Pages: 1162

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Mike Loukides is an editor for O'Reilly & Associates. He is the author of System Performance Tuning and UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers. Mike's interests are system administration, networking, programming languages, and computer architecture. His academic background includes degrees in electrical engineering (B.S.) and English literature (Ph.D.).

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.

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.

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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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