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ISBN-13: 978-1118004425 ISBN-10: 1118004426 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004425
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Here's all you need to master Linux commands and shells

Revised, updated, and even more jam-packed with helpful information, this new edition has what you need to master Linux command lines and shell scripts, whether you're a novice or a Linux pro. Even home users will discover a wealth of commands and time-savers that many Linux desktop distributions keep hidden. Best of all, this guide includes a greatly expanded array of real-world, applicable scripts for advanced users. You'll soon be able to automate practically any task on your Linux system.

  • Work from the command line and learn basic shell commands

  • Write shell scripts to automate routine functions and reports

  • Control how and when your shell scripts run on the system

  • Learn advanced methods of manipulating data in your scripts

  • Modify your scripts for graphical desktops and other Linux shells

  • Extract data from Web sites and send data between systems

  • Create professional-quality shell scripts for use in real-world environments

Use command lines and bypass the GUI

Automate common tasks

Create professional, real-world scripts

About the Author

Richard Blum has worked in the IT industry for more than 22 years as both a systems and network administrator. He has administered UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers, as well as automated network monitoring with Linux shell scripts and written scripts in most of the common Linux shell environments. Richard is the author of several books, including Professional Linux Programming (Wrox).

Christine Bresnahan has worked with computers for more than 25 years as an IT system administrator. She is an Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teaches Linux system administration, Linux security, and Windows security.


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The information is presented clearly with ample examples and explanations.
Jose Demarko
This book is what I turn to if I have a question about how to do something in a script.
El Oscuro
Overall this book will give you a nice grasp of the CLI and how things work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Doe1022 on July 27, 2012
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Overall this book will give you a nice grasp of the CLI and how things work. It helped me a ton and i still reference it from time to time.

If you are getting this book solely for shell scripting, a few topics are either not mentioned or touched on lightly. A example is math, for floating point math they use `bc`, a external command that may not be installed by default. which is a nice tool and will get the job done, but they show you a few good examples of how to use it then briefly talk about the (( )) internal command(later on in the book) which can do the same thing with less effort. Some other topics you won't see is parameter expansion, why [[ should be used over [ (test) in most cases, command grouping, subshell execution & process substitution. Finding information on any of those aren't hard, just not in the book. That plus the typos, some of which may prevent the command from executing correctly, prevents me from giving five stars.

I would and have recommended the book to others.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay on October 13, 2012
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I am taking some Linux classes in school. I purchased this because I struggle a lot with Bash scripting and I wanted to supplement my text books with a book that focused on scripting.

The book itself is easy enough to follow and has does a good job of explaining the various commands. Where it falls short though are the amount of sample scripts. As I said above I struggle with scripting. I have no issues at all getting around in the terminal but I don't think my brain is wired correctly to ever be proficient in writing scripts. I wish it gave more than one example for the sample scripts. The way I learn is by seeing various scripts and seeing how they perform, but when the book only gives one example of how to use a variable I believe it falls short of my needs. I wish there would be three or for different examples.

If you are a fast learner and have a natural talent for scripting then this may be the right book for you. If you are like me and need to be shown several different examples of how to use different commands and options then this will not meet your needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tux2112 on October 12, 2012
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Does a decent job in explaining syntax and flow but leaves out full detail that is needed for a full understanding. The title is not justified. Bible infers a complete refference where as this is like the old testament, good information and interesting but not the full story.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Beach on September 11, 2011
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I am taking a Linux class in grad school for my Computer Information Technology degree. The textbook we have was written in 2005 and really isn't user friendly. On top of that we have a professor who is a first year professor who I am not sure is fully knowledgeable about the topic. So basically, I have to teach myself Linux. This book has been a great help to grasp the confusing lectures and useless book...and then make the concepts understandable to me. Bravo!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Mauricio Gomez Tanco on July 20, 2013
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Is a very detailed, peer to peer book, from scratch to advanced, I highly recommended, the author take its time on every theme.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Mackenzie on May 27, 2013
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As others have said, it's a good book, but watch out for typos. The getops section starting on 352 is a big example.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabi on May 20, 2013
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This book is what I was looking for. It is laid out very well and has many exercises using the commands, which is what I was looking for specifically.
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