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Linux Pocket Guide [Paperback]

Daniel J. Barrett
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March 1, 2004 0596006284 978-0596006280 1st

O'Reilly's Pocket Guides have earned a reputation as inexpensive, comprehensive, and compact guides that have the stuff but not the fluff. Every page of Linux Pocket Guide lives up to this billing. It clearly explains how to get up to speed quickly on day-to-day Linux use. Once you're up and running, Linux Pocket Guide provides an easy-to-use reference that you can keep by your keyboard for those times when you want a fast, useful answer, not hours in the man pages.

Linux Pocket Guide is organized the way you use Linux: by function, not just alphabetically. It's not the 'bible of Linux; it's a practical and concise guide to the options and commands you need most. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with clear examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it.

The Linux Pocket Guide is tailored to Fedora Linux--the latest spin-off of Red Hat Linux--but most of the information applies to any Linux system.

Throw in a host of valuable power user tips and a friendly and accessible style, and you'll quickly find this practical, to-the-point book a small but mighty resource for Linux users.

Editorial Reviews


"Whilst there does seem to be a trend amongst many publishers to deliver ever more comprehensive titles, cramming details of almost every command-line switch and GUI option across a huge range of tools and packages, O'Reilly can always be relied upon to publish works that deal concisely with one aspecty of GNU/Linux or excel in offering a psecific functionality. Linux Pocket Guide is exemplary in this respect, cleverly avoiding the unnecessary bloat associated with titles that share the same subject matter - Fedora Linux. Indeed, this highly portable volume manages to kill two birds with one stone, funcitoning both as handy quick reference and an essential introduction to basic everyday tooks and commands. And though Fedora specifics such as desktop and package managerment are covered in some detail, nearly all of the material here could well be applied to almost any distro." Martin Howse, Linux User and Developer, Issue 40 "Can't memorise man pages? This is for you." Linux Format, Oct (top stuff award)

Book Description

Essential Commands

Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Guide: Essential Commands
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for looking at my books on Amazon. I've been writing about technical/computer topics since the early 1990s.

These days my interests focus on the intersection of technology and people. Great software isn't enough: you need to get people to use it, and use it efficiently and productively. Wikis are a great example, particularly in corporate environments.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great things in small packages... September 7, 2004
I've always been more of a GUI-type user, and even the old DOS commands never did much for me. But now that I'm moving into the world of Linux, I need to understand the power of the command line. To that end, I got a review copy of the Linux Pocket Guide by Daniel J. Barrett (O'Reilly). I have a feeling this will become a dog-eared favorite on my bookshelf.

Normally I'd list a chapter breakout, but there's just too many "chapters" here to do so. Suffice it to say that if it's a shell command in Linux, it's in here somewhere. The great thing is that you get the command and a list of the useful options, along with the syntax in less than half a page (and the book is small!). So instead of hauling down the large volume and scrolling through multiple pages, you can get right to the command you need with the options you're probably looking for.

For a beginner like me, it will help to make me more comfortable with many of the basics of command line work. For experts, it will be the quick reference for that particular option that you can't remember the capitalization rules for...

Short, concise, easy to understand, and packed with meat... What more could you want in a reference manual? This is a keeper.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for all Linux users April 15, 2004
Anyone who uses Linux will benefit from this handy pocket guide which lists general Linux commands for various tasks, ranging from directory operations, file commands, locating files, doing backups, controlling various processes, to working on the Internet (web browsing, Usenet news, email, and network connections). There are lots of commands listed here. No, this is not a general reference book by any means (and there are lots of Linux reference books around), but it is just the thing when you need to look up a specific command fast. All commands are listed with their syntax and a brief explanation of what they do.
The book discusses in a little detail about Fedora, Red Hat's "free Linux OS." It also goes into some descriptions about running a shell, logins and logouts, filesystems, and home and system directories. Again this book covers the basics and it assumes the readers already have a decent knowledge of Linux. Since Linux does so many things and it's next to impossible to remember every single command, a book like this is handy to have on your desk when you can't remember a specific command.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's no secret, there's a lot of books about Linux on the market today. Linux is HOT!! But it's also no secret that a lot of publishers have been jumping on the bandwagon churning out Linux books just to get a piece of the action. This Oreilly pocket guide is everything you would expect from an Oreilly book: thorough, succinct, and worth the money.
The book has a great structure, covering the basics and then going into commands. The commands are organized in functional groups. So if you want to do some user administration, just thumb to that section and all the relevant comands are at your fingertips.
There's enough detail about each command that you can actually use it. The author also often tells you how the command is "usually used," which is helpful. There's even some basics sprinkled in about programming and shell syntax. It's awesome that they actually put useful stuff in a pocket guide!
Whether you're an advanced administrator or a beginner, this book is worth the investment. It has enough info to be a quick reference, but it's clearly written enough to be a primer for beginners. ENJOY!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive, but useful, nonetheless August 9, 2005
Back when I was starting out on Linux I remember when the second edition of Linux in a Nutshell came out. A co-worker had bought a copy, and I drooled over the wealth of information it offered. I had received a copy of an older edition of UNIX in a Nutshell as a birthday present, and while helpful, I found Linux in a Nutshell to be much more applicable (not to mention much more comprehensive). That was before I came to appreciate the wealth of information to be had in the man and info pages, in perldoc, and online documentation in general.

O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide could easily be considered a (very) streamlined version of Linux in a Nutshell. It offers a concise command-reference for some of the most common commands you might use in Linux. The commands covered aren't limited to what you would run from a command-line, though. You'll also find (very concise) information about the gimp, mozilla, and xload, and others as well.

Who would want to buy this book? Well, when I was starting out in Linux, I would have loved a book like this. For me as a 'starving' college student, a 'regular' O'Reilly book was usually out of the reach of my budget, so I loved the pocket references beacuse you could get some great information for under $10. For the budget minded, the book packs a lot of information for not a lot of money. Also, for a pocket reference, it's pretty thick at just over 180 pages. As evidence of its usefulness for beginners, I recently loaned my copy of the Pocket Guide to someone I know who is just starting a new job working with Linux. He was looking for something to help him climb the learning curve, and upon returning the Pocket Guide informed me that he was on his way to buy his own copy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Man pages in a book.
It is basically the man pages printed in a book. Not much more than that from what I can tell.
Published 7 months ago by BBowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of Linux commands
I do recommend this book because:
- provide a very good explanation on the basic Linux concepts;
- provide a very good summary of all the basic linux commands. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Readlover
4.0 out of 5 stars a must have for anyone working with linux
I have this near a computer that has Linux on it. I reference this from time to time. I suggest that you have it on a bookshelf too.
Published 11 months ago by C Wesbrooks
3.0 out of 5 stars the alternative for man in console
well if u want a book for read in non computers moment and want start with linux os like fedora or similars distros this is a good way to start
Published 17 months ago by Manuel Rodriguez Coria
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
I bought this book to help me with open source platform and hopefully start using it some day. Seems to be a good book.
Published 18 months ago by RODNEY JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is really helpful
I took some Unix classes back in college and I needed something that can quickly get me going without the long pages full of text and this is it.
Published 18 months ago by Alberto Cajigas Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy reference for beginners and pros alike
I've got quite a bit of programming experience; however (oddly enough) I'd done very little work with Linux. On starting a new job, I needed to learn Linux FAST. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Marie S.
5.0 out of 5 stars useful book
It is a hand book with a lots of options and descriptions for each command. It is very convenient to check.
Published on March 7, 2012 by zhumingxuan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of bang for the buck
I'm very computer literate, but I hadn't really done anything with Linux over the years. I needed a quick pocket reference to look over to help me get a start on command line work... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Richard Crouch
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with knowledge
Book is full of linux knowledge, it guides you through all steps what you need to now. I practice every day reading this book and tring things with this set Linux Diversity... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Dom
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