Unix Made Simple

Unix Made Simple

by P. K. McBride

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Unix Made Simple by P. K. McBride

Unix is a powerful, open, multi-user and multi-tasking operating system that can be run on any computer from a high-specification PC up to a mainframe. Unix-based machines can exchange data freely and be linked into networks of unrestricted size, and any computer with suitable communications software can link into a Unix system and make full use of its facilities - which is why Unix machines form the backbone of the Internet.

There are a number of versions of Unix currently in use, though fortunately, the differences between varieties are not that significant - most of the same commands are there and they mostly work in the same way. This Made Simple book is writen around Unix System V, which is probably as near to a standard as you can get. Most of what is said should be equally applicable to any Unix system.

Unix was devised by programmers, for programmers, and compact power, not user-friendliness, was their prime aim. As a result, commands are terse, options legion, feedback sparse, and the potential for confusion high. In setting out to make Unix simple, the Author has focused on the key concepts, the essential commands and the main core of options, demonstrating them by worked practical examples.

This book has been written with students and new business users in mind. UNIX Made Simple will show you how to manage and manipulate files, run applications, interact with others on your network, and set up your own part of the system the way you want it. There is also an introduction to programming in the Unix shell, for the more enterprising readers.

The Appendices contain quick reference guides to vi and to the essential Unix commands, giving for each a brief description of its purpose, major options and related commands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750635714
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mac's first steps into computing came 19 years ago when he taught himself Basic on a ZX81. He started his first book shortly afterwards, when he realised that (a) programming was fun, and (b) no-one was writing simple books on it. Since then he has programmed in, taught and/or written about 9 varieties of Basic, 3 Pascals, 2 Cs, Assembler, Cobol and Java, 5 spreadsheets, 3 databases, 4 word-processors, and 6 operating systems. He is looking forward to the time when developers stop producing new software and books don't go out of date in a couple of years. Mac can usually be found either in the kitchen or running a taxi service for his family. He lives in Southampton with 4 children, 2 cats and 40 fishes. Web page: homepages.tcp.co.uk/~macbride Mac is the author of the following Made Simple books: The Internet for Windows 95 (Second Edition) The Internet for Windows 3.1 (First Edition) The Internet for Windows 95 (First Edition) The Internet for Windows 98 The Internet (Colour Edition) First Edition the Internet (Colour Edition) Second Edition Office 95 Office 97 Office 2000 Works for Windows 3.1 Works for Windows 95 Windows 3.1 Windows 95 Windows 98 Internet Resources Microsoft Networking Explorer 3.0 Explorer 4.0 Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator Searching the Internet Java JavaScript Pascal UNIX Outlook 2000 Sage Accounts HTML 4.0 Mac is also the series advisor/editor.

Mac's first steps into computing came 19 years ago when he taught himself Basic on a ZX81. He started his first book shortly afterwards, when he realised that (a) programming was fun, and (b) no-one was writing simple books on it. Since then he has programmed in, taught and/or written about 9 varieties of Basic, 3 Pascals, 2 Cs, Assembler, Cobol and Java, 5 spreadsheets, 3 databases, 4 word-processors, and 6 operating systems. He is looking forward to the time when developers stop producing new software and books don't go out of date in a couple of years. Mac can usually be found either in the kitchen or running a taxi service for his family. He lives in Southampton with 4 children, 2 cats and 40 fishes. Web page: homepages.tcp.co.uk/~macbride Mac is the author of the following Made Simple books: The Internet for Windows 95 (Second Edition) The Internet for Windows 3.1 (First Edition) The Internet for Windows 95 (First Edition) The Internet for Windows 98 The Internet (Colour Edition) First Edition the Internet (Colour Edition) Second Edition Office 95 Office 97 Office 2000 Works for Windows 3.1 Works for Windows 95 Windows 3.1 Windows 95 Windows 98 Internet Resources Microsoft Networking Explorer 3.0 Explorer 4.0 Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator Searching the Internet Java JavaScript Pascal UNIX Outlook 2000 Sage Accounts HTML 4.0 Mac is also the series advisor/editor.

Table of Contents

you and unix; editing text; directories and files; working on the system; the shells; working with files; text file processing; data file processing; shell programming; command summaries; index.

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