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BSD UNIX Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD [Paperback]

by Christopher Negus, Francois Caen
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May 5, 2008 0470376031 978-0470376034 1
Learn how to use BSD UNIX systems from the command line with BSD UNIX Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD. Learn to use BSD operation systems the way the experts do, by trying more than 1,000 commands to find and obtain software, monitor system health and security, and access network resources. Apply your newly developed skills to use and administer servers and desktops running FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, or any other BSD variety. Become more proficient at creating file systems, troubleshooting networks, and locking down security.

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Explore a ton of powerful BSD UNIX commands

This handy, compact guide teaches you to use BSD UNIX systems as the experts do: from the command line. Try out more than 1,000 commands to find and get software, monitor system health and security, and access network resources. Apply the skills you learn from this book to use and administer servers and desktops running FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, or any other BSD flavor.

Expand your BSD UNIX expertise in these and other areas:

  • Using the shell

  • Finding online software

  • Working with files

  • Playing with music and images

  • Administering file systems

  • Backing up data

  • Checking and managing running processes

  • Accessing network resources

  • Handling remote system administration

  • Locking down security

About the Author

Christopher Negus served for eight years on development teams for the UNIX operating system at the AT&T labs, where UNIX was created and developed. He also worked with Novell on UNIX and UnixWare development. Chris is the author of the bestselling Fedora and Red Hat Linux Bible series, Linux Toys II, Linux Troubleshooting Bible, and Linux Bible 2008 Edition.

Francois Caen hosts and manages business application infrastructures through his company Turbosphere LLC. As an open-source advocate, he has lectured on OSS network management and Internet services, and served as president of the Tacoma Linux User Group. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470376031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470376034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BSD Unix Toolbox, a Worthy Companion June 1, 2008
By N. Webb
The meat of this book, like it's Linux counterparts in the series (I read Ubuntu Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for Ubuntu and Debian Power Users), lies in the useful shell commands that even seasoned administrators may have overlooked or useful combinations that never occurred to them. Personally I've used Linux since 1999 and have three or four years of professional administration on Linux, HP-UX, and Solaris. To my surprise I still found one or two new tricks in the Ubuntu book and quite a few more in the BSD book.

A junior administrator or a intermediate hobbyist will find countless pointers, commands, and insight that takes years of reading man pages, web searching, and chatting with other geeks to figure out. I know Francois Caen, one of the writers in this series, and his goal was to bring together all these "tools" he uses every day to accelerate your learning curve. I think he and Negus met that goal.

While I thought this book was good, it was missing a few things I expected to see. It's clearly focused on Linux users who want to put their toe in the BSD pool. That's pretty good for me, primarily a Linux user, but users not coming from a Linux background may be lead slightly astray. Special attention is paid to setting up a FreeBSD system that can play nicely with Linux systems (reading ext2/3 file systems, for example). I feel that the Linux compatibility received a bit too much coverage, but given the popularity of Linux, many will appreciate it.

The book is applicable to all BSD based systems, and even Linux and commercial Unix variants to a lesser extent, but it focuses on the popular FreeBSD variant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly thorough Unix-like sys admin book July 6, 2008
BSD Unix Toolbox (BUT) is a straightforward system administration book that could apply to many Unix-like operating systems. The title mentions "BSD" but the BSD-specific material is FreeBSD-oriented. The non-FreeBSD sections (such as using a shell) could apply to any Unix-like OS, so in that sense other BSDs like OpenBSD or NetBSD are "covered." However, sections like Ch 2 (Installing FreeBSD and Adding Software) have no OpenBSD or NetBSD equivalents. Nevertheless, I recommend BUT for anyone looking for a rapid introduction to BSD system administration.

BUT is thorough but fast and dry. Michael Lucas' Absolute FreeBSD is still my favorite FreeBSD book, and you're more likely to find neat aspects of the OS in a book by Dru Lavigne. Bryan Hong's recent book is place to find recipes for installing popular open source applications on FreeBSD. The people who will like BUT the most are those with little to no BSD experience, or those with some Linux experience looking to transition to FreeBSD.

BUT will probably fill a lot of knowledge gaps in the intended audience. I really liked the book's style, whereby it introduces a task and shows command-line examples. Everything uses this approach, which is a winning formula. The vast majority of the book is command line-oriented, with no apologies. If you're using FreeBSD this is probably what you're looking for anyway. I also liked the reference tables, especially in the appendices.

One caution: if you own one or more of the other "Toolbox" books, there's probably a decent amount of overlap. There's only so much to say about using Samba, or checking process listings, or running backups, when the underlying applications are all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive listing of useful commands May 3, 2008
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This book makes a nice addition to my FreeBSD collection. It contains a comprehensive listing of useful commands collected in a single source. The book is fairly compact so it doesn't take up much room on your desk. The softcover makes it easy to quickly flip through the sections.

For the price, this book was well worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, found 3 typos in 5 minutes March 6, 2012
By Crane
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I learned few things, one of which is that the editor didn't check spelling. Material is slightly dated yet still informative.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 9, 2009
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EDIT: Added another error on page 259. Author specifies:

...which is flat out wrong. Doing that on a remote system will result in a broken firewall and probably losing access to the remote system! Another example of the lousy editing in this book.

It should read:
firewall_type="closed" (or open, workstation, unknown, etc.)

Original Review:

This is one of several books by the author that span multiple operating systems. Errors were found sprinkled throughout the text. Most of the errors involved commands from other operating systems that had been mistakenly added to this book. For example, "lspci", a command found in most Linux distributions is listed in this book as a FreeBSD command.

It appears the authors did a lot of cutting and pasting between their different "toolbox" books -- FreeBSD, Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, etc. There are a lot of commands in this book. Whether they are actually useful is questionable.
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