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9780130270191: UNIX User's Handbook

UNIX User's Guide, Second Edition is the up-to-date UNIX reference with real depth, offering fast answers and practical examples for any leading UNIX variant. Part I covers day-to-day system operation and administration: login, mail, Internet, networking, commands, filesystems, tools, and more. Part II presents an in-depth programming reference. Part III reviews each leading Windows interoperability option.

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Applications come and applications go, but Unix remains a constant force. Knowledge of this reliable, eminently scalable operating system will never go out of style, and you'll never regret having a high-quality Unix reference like Unix User's Handbook around. This supersized, hardback volume contains (in a logical structure) everything you need to know in order to become a Unix guru. Which means that by having this book around, you can do a reasonable job of faking your guru status until you absorb the body of Unix knowledge. Marty Poniatowski has done a great job of integrating straight type-this-to-get-that tutorial material with more holistic text about Unix's design.

A typical chapter begins with a command you can issue at the command prompt. The text then explains the command's output, what it means, and how it fits into the larger Unix scheme. The chapter then expands individual points of its explanation with further digressions into other commands, with tables that explain alternate syntax and switches as appropriate (the book includes some helpful diagrams, too, but its screen shots of graphical interfaces are of poor quality). You can learn a lot by reading the chapters straight through, or in most cases you can rely on the index to steer you right to the explanation you want. This book doesn't attempt to rebuild Rome, by the way. Each chapter concludes with the HP-UX man pages for commands discussed there (the contents of the man pages, however, aren't indexed). The chapter on the fundamentals of software development with C and the one on TCP/IP networking are both particularly strong, making this a great buy. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Unix operating system (generically, with perhaps a slight tint of HP-UX), treated comprehensively for the benefit of new users in need of introductions and more accomplished users who need a reference. Chapters deal with the file system, several shells (bash, korn, and c), the vi text editor, network setup and management, and graphical user interfaces. A couple of excellent chapters introduce the reader to Windows NT integration (with Samba, among other tools) and Unix software development.

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* All the UNIX skills and insight real users need!
* Covers every key UNIX platform
* Login, email, file management, tools and utilities, networking, Internet, Windows interoperability
* KornShell, Bash, C Shell-plus, shell programming
* Focused end-user introductions to C, C++, and Java programming
"This book provides the reader with the opportunity to learn UNIX from an experienced UNIX professional and an excellent author." ó Elizabeth Zinkann, Contributing Editor and Review Consultant for Sys Admin magazine

The ultimate UNIX how-to guide for every end-user!

UNIX users desperately need an up-to-date reference with real depth: one that teaches UNIX commands rather than just listing them. In UNIX User's Handbook, best-selling UNIX author Marty Poniatowski delivers, covering every topic UNIX users need to masterówith clarity and detailed real-world examples. Whether you're using HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, Linux, or any other version of UNIX, here are the practical, hands-on techniques you need to achieve just about anything!


* Jumpstart your UNIX skills! Coverage includes login, email, file management, man pages, graphical user interfaces, and more
* Work with the UNIX file system: cd, cp, file, ls, mv, mkdir, pwd, rm, rmdir
* Use different shellsóBash, Korn, and Cóand write shell programs!
* Master key tools and utilities: sed, awk, grep, find, cut, paste, split, sort, diff, vi, and moreóbonus vi quick reference card!
* Access Windows-based resources! NFS, Samba, X Windows, POSIX utilities, and other alternatives
* Establish reliable, powerful UNIX networking and Internet connections with ftp, telnet, rlogin, rcp, remsh, rwho, ping, netstat, route, and more
* Get started with C, C++, and Java

From finding files to maximizing performance, email to end-user system administration, UNIX User's Handbook will help you make the most of UNIX-anywhere, any time, any application, any platform! Accompanying CD-ROM includes GlancePlus trial software for HP 9000, Sun SPARC, and IBM RS/6000 systems.

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