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Linux Command Instant Reference (Command Reference) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Command Reference
  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex Inc; 1st edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782127487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782127485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,007,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Blythen on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have bought many Linux books in an effort to learn how
to use Linux commands. Well, after months of use, I can
confidently recommend this one above the others. It covers
just about everything there is to know to use Linux commands.
The arrangement of the book is good and it offers many examples.
Also, it covers commands and utilities glossed over by competing
books. For instance, check the make command page for its usage. The ZIP utility, safedelete and others are covered as well. This is the book I find most useful for command reference.
Highly recommended! If you choose only one command reference book, this is the one to buy for the newbie and experienced user alike.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
This valuable little book has saved my sanity numerous times. It has quick and easy to understand answers and gives common examples of how to use various commands. It is like a linux cheatsheet. Anyone can use the Linux GUI, but only a master knows the command line.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2002
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There are several books like this one available, but I think this one is the best. It is easy to read, documents the commands and switches pretty thoroughly, and has several examples for each command that demonstrate the use of the command with its switches.
This book won't teach you Linux, but once you have Linux installed and running, this book will be invaluable.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance Edusei on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you keep one Linux book next to your machine then this has *got* to be it.
This is not a tutorial book and it is most useful to those with at least an initial familiarity with Linux. 'Instant Reference' means just that, and on that score, this book delivers big time !
The book is not written in an archaic alphabetical order but a much more useful, logical order grouping related commands together - tremendously practical. The 'At a Glance' section at the beginning of each chapter tells you exactly how to perform the most common tasks. After that, after some tips and explanations of the area of Linux the chapter covers,it launches into a plain English explanation of each command under that topic *and* what all the extensions do, as well as associated system files that are affected.
If you are ever sitting at your Linux terminal and wondering how do I do 'x' (which covers most Linux users, most days) then this book is a must have because you simply reach over open it up and it tells you. I have had some pretty good Linux books but if I had to keep one, the decision would be easy.
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